"Dark-skinned" soldiers belonging to a special Golani Brigade unit were denied entry to a nightclub in the Sharon region, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
The soldiers arrived at the "Shmuah" nightclub on Thursday to celebrate the completion of their training after the owners promised them free entrance, drinks and shirts bearing their unit's emblem.
According to the troops, two of the nightclub's bouncers allowed only those with an "Ashkenazi appearance" to enter, while soldiers of Ethiopian and Yemenite descent were kept out despite presenting invitations sent to them by the nightclub.
The soldiers who were allowed entry left the club after a few minutes as an act of protest against the club's "selection policy."
The club's owner rejected the soldiers' claims, saying, "There was no selection. When we reached the 500-people limit I instructed the bouncers to stop the flow of people into the club."
The person in charge of the club's public relations said people lined up outside were denied entry after a stone was thrown at one of the bouncers.