Dit is diep triest en eigenlijk schandalig. De Afrikaanse migranten waartegen de demonstratie gericht was, hebben voor zover ik weet geen grote overlast bezorgd al beweren sommige politici dat velen van hen in de misdaad zitten, en verkrachtten Eritreese mannen onlangs een vrouw in Tel Aviv (zie tweede bericht). Een Knessetlid van Likoed liep mee in de demonstratie en noemde de Sudanesen een ‘kanker in ons lichaam’. Daarmee gaat hij verder dan wat Wilders zoal over buitenlanders heeft uitgekraamd.
Ik begrijp ergens wel dat Israel niet alle Afrikaanse migranten automatisch wil opnemen, en men bang is dat het er dan steeds meer zullen worden. Egypte schiet ze aan de grens dood als ze ze te pakken krijgen, of ze worden zwaar mishandeld. Ook in andere Arabische landen gaat het er niet zachtzinnig aan toe. Dus Israel is een aantrekkelijke bestemming voor veel migranten, en Zuid-Sudan heeft banden met Israel. Maar de uitbarsting van woede en vreemdelingenhaat die deze demonstratie laat zien is zorgwekkend, en Israel onwaardig.
Demonstrators attack African migrants in south Tel Aviv
Likud MK describes Sudanese migrants as cancer; government prepares for mass deportation.
By Ilan Lior and Tomer Zarchin | May.24, 2012 | 2:44 AM
Demonstrators attacked African passersby while others lit garbage cans on fire and smashed car windows.
Another group of demonstrators stopped a shuttle taxi and searched for migrant workers among the passengers, while banging on the windows.
The crowd cried "The people want the Sudanese deported" and "Infiltrators get out of our home."
Likud MK Miri Regev participated in the protest and said that "the Sudanese were a cancer in our body."
The protesters expressed their dismay with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the government's dealings with the "problem" of asylum seekers. Some people carried signs in support of Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who called for the detention and expulsion of all asylum seekers earlier this week.
Following the protest, hundreds of people assembled in the main street of the Hatikvah neighborhood. Several protesters smashed the windows of a grocery store that served the migrant workers community, broke the windows of a barber shop and looted it.
Police arrested 17 people during the protest, with some of them detained while beating Sudanese migrants. Those arrested will be brought in before the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Thursday for an extension of their remand.
Earlier Wednesday, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said he supported the mass deportation of South Sudanese migrants if an investigation will find that they are not legally entitled to refuge.
Weinstein will argue next week before the Jerusalem District Court that there is no legal obstacle to the expulsions since individual checks will establish that none of them face any threat to their lives in South Sudan.
The Jerusalem District Court recently issued a temporary order prohibiting the migrants' deportation until it rules on a petition filed by five human rights organizations against the state's intent to deport the refugees.
Weinstein, who has expressed support for sending migrants from South Sudan back home, will ask the court to lift the temporary order preventing their expulsion.
The Foreign Ministry recently outlined its position regarding 700 South Sudan nationals staying in Israel; the government says there are as many as 3,000 here.
The position is based on a report by Ambassador Dan Shaham, who was sent to South Sudan in April to examine the situation and see if it was suitable to return the migrants.
Israel's Interior Minister: All African migrants should be jailed
Eli Yishai tells Army Radio that most African migrants are involved in crime and should be imprisoned, given grants to depart.
By Haaretz | May.16, 2012 | 10:35 AM
Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai said on Wednesday that most of the migrants from Africa are engaged in criminal actions and should be placed in detention facilities. Yishai said that Israel is willing to provide financial assistance for migrants to leave.
In an interview with Army Radio, Yishai differentiated between refugees and asylum seekers, saying that "whoever is considered a refugee, and there are few, can stay. One cannot forsake the security of Israelis."
Yishai's comments came in the wake of increased reports of criminal activity among the migrant and refugee community. On Tuesday, four Eritrean asylum seekers were arrested in Tel Aviv in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old woman.
A police patrol sighted a suspicious gathering near the old central bus station in the Neveh Sha'anan neighborhood of Tel Aviv. As they approached they saw several men surrounding a woman who was crying for help, and arrested four suspects. The young woman was taken to the hospital, and later told the investigators that as she was heading home she was attacked by the group of Eritrean refugees. She said she was robbed, and then raped by at least one of them.
Also this week, the Foreign Ministry announced that the international law poses no barrier to deporting all 700 South Sudanese who live in Israel, but the government should examine the situation of every South Sudanese asylum seeker to ascertain whether their lives would be at risk if they were sent back.
The brief, which has been sent to several government agencies in the past few days, will form the basis of the government's June 3 response to the District Court for Administrative Matters in Jerusalem on whether Israel can lift the collective protection of asylum seekers from South Sudan.