Dimona (Israel) (AFP) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that an electronic fence along the Israel-Egypt border has saved the Jewish state from jihadist attacks or what he believes would be worse — a tide of African migrants. “Were it not for the fence, we would be faced with… severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as telling a development conference in the southern Israel desert town of Dimona. The interior ministry says there are currentlyRead More
Tel Aviv (AFP) Israeli police said they detained two men, one armed, after they allegedly made online threats to disrupt a rally Saturday in solidarity with African migrants facing expulsion. A police spokesman told AFP that “well over” the anticipated figure of 5,000 people took part in the rally in the Neve Shaanan area of south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants have settled. The two suspects were “detained for questioning” after a Facebook post apparently calling for a violent counter-protest, police said in a statement. “Friends it’s happening…Read More
Holot (Israel) (AFP) Hundreds of African migrants protested Thursday outside an Israeli prison where at least nine others have been incarcerated under Israel’s controversial new policy of expelling or imprisoning them. They marched a short distance from the Holot open detention centre to Saharonim Prison, chanting slogans and carrying signs demanding the prisoners’ release. They said they were on a hunger strike and vowed to continue it until a solution is reached. Israel is preparing to deport thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese who entered the country illegally and who doRead More
Holot Detention Centre (Israel) (AFP) At a detention centre in Israel’s Negev desert, African migrants facing deportation say they would rather be imprisoned than sent to a country they know nothing about. “I won’t go there,” Abda Ishmael, a 28-year-old Eritrean, said in excellent Hebrew outside Holot, an open facility housing some 1,200 migrants and set to be shut down on April 1 as part of the government’s expulsion policy. “Guys who were here and went to Rwanda and Uganda -– we saw what happened to them.” Israel is workingRead More
Tel Aviv (AFP) Tens of thousands of Africans who fled misery at home for safety in Israel are living in limbo, fearing deportation though some have lived in the country for more than a decade. Recognising a rising tide of discontent among Israelis over the migrants’ presence in south Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently visited the area. He posed for TV cameras with an elderly woman who said she was afraid to leave her apartment at night for fear of her African neighbours. “We will return south TelRead More