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Eli Yishai Orders Roundup of African Migrants

Detentions would begin on October 15

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An African migrant attends an anti-racism demonstration in Tel Aviv in July(Getty/AFP)

Israel’s Interior Minister Eli Yishai ordered immigration police yesterday to round up African migrants. The operation would begin on October 15. Many of the migrants are refugees from Darfur and face persecution or even death if they return to states that consider Israel an enemy regime. The proposed plan follows a law passed January allowing the state to detain migrants, without charge, for up to three years. Human rights groups have repeatedly protested against the government’s treatment of migrants, with attorney Yonatan Berman of the Clinic for Migrants’ Rights telling Haaretz:

“Yishai’s complete indifference to human life is astonishing,” adding that Israel’s threat to deport migrants unless they leave the country violates the refugee convention.

“Since it is not possible to deport them, it is illegal to lock up thousands of asylum-seekers for no reason,” Berman said. “We are convinced the Foreign and Justice Ministries have not agreed to the interior minister’s statement, whose main purpose is to create the illusion that he’s doing something,” he added.

The objections are unlikely to sway Yishai, who has claimed that most African migrants are criminals. Other politicians have been outspokenly against the refugees—one Likud MK called them a “cancer”—a number of whom have been subjected to discrimination and violent attacks.

Related: Israel’s African Problem [Tablet Magazine]
Eli Yishai orders mass roundup of Sudanese migrants, including Darfur genocide survivors [Haaretz]

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Every Jewish organization that has either defended or failed to speak out against Israel’s treatment of Sudanese refugees should be expelled from the Save Darfur Coalition.

Perhaps we could reword an important verse of Isaiah for this situation.
“And my house shall be called a house of refuge for all nations.”
When your nation is founded off of the largest instance of genocide in history, the victims of the largest genocide of the 21st century should be very dear to your hearts.

julis123 says:

What are you saying that these people who have broken the law and illegally entered Israel from EGYPT (where they were not under threat of death) should be allowed to roam freely? The US and every European country detains illegal aliens, only Israel shouldn’t be allowed to? Why don’t Daniel and Michael invite them to live in their backyards like the people of Tel aviv have to?


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Eli Yishai Orders Roundup of African Migrants

Detentions would begin on October 15

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