"Gilaad Ben Zoma" is an Israeli name, although "Gilaad" can be Arabic as well. I think the reason some people think he's black is because when he appeared in a flashback in DC's TNG comic, the colorist gave him very dark skin for some reason
. But I chalk that up to a coloring error.
I tend to imagine Oded Fehr as Ben Zoma.
Black, dark-skinned, people in Israel: