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Israel plans tent city for illegals

2012-06-10 22:28

Jerusalem - Israel's interior minister said on Friday he hoped to soon start moving tens of thousands of illegal African migrants from Tel Aviv and elsewhere to a detention camp being built and a planned "tent city".

An Israeli court cleared the way on Thursday for the deportation of an estimated 1 500 South Sudanese, after ruling that their lives were no longer threatened in their homeland.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai told public radio 40 000 Sudanese and Eritreans were next in his sights.

"There are still about 15 000 from north Sudan and about 35 000 from Eritrea," he said. "I am not allowed to get them out at the moment."

He said he expected legal obstacles would be removed and that the government was also offering a grant to those prepared to leave voluntarily.

"They are close to being expelled either willingly or against their will," he said. "This is a number that threatens the Jewish identity."

As a first step, he said, illegals would be rounded up and moved to a detention centre being built in southern Israel at a projected cost of 250 million shekels (about $64m).

Tent city

"As soon as the facility is completed, which could be in a few months - and alongside it we plan to put up a tent city with all the accepted conditions - then we shall start moving migrants from south Tel Aviv, from [the Red Sea town of] Eilat ... wherever they are."

The rising number of Africans in Israel has hit the headlines in recent weeks, after a spike in racial tensions led to a riot in southern Tel Aviv, where tens of thousands of migrants live.

Interior ministry statistics show that approximately 60 000 African immigrants have entered Israel illegally, the vast majority of them from Sudan and Eritrea.

Some are refugees fleeing persecution in their home nations, but others are economic migrants.

Yishai said he estimated a further 6 000 may have sneaked across the border from Egypt undetected.

"I hope that in the coming months we shall be able to move all the infiltrators to detention facilities and allow Israeli citizens in south Tel Aviv and others to live in a proper way ... in quiet and security," he added.

Israel is building a giant, hi-tech security barrier along its 240km- border with the Egyptian Sinai.

So far 170km have been erected and the project is due to be completed later this year.

Comments
  • goyougoodthing - 2012-06-11 01:19

    Wow that sounds like something I have heard of before...

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-11 05:32

      History repeats itself

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-11 08:13

      This is what South Africa (most humane treatment) should be doing to illegal migrants in our land to protect the limited jobs on offer to South Africans. The rate of unemployment is getting far worse because the ANC Government doesn’t put an end to illegal migration into South Africa – thus the violence that these migrants encounter in Soweto or Alex is inhumane. Its not ‘racists’ to protect your borders nor is it ‘awful’ to kick people out if they arrive without a visa. Your pathetic reference to equate Israel to any past genocide is just sad – but not surprising.

      Boom - 2012-06-11 10:14

      Yes you have heard it before because South Africa and a hundred other countries in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, most Middle East arab countries do this. In Lebanon they have had a palestinian refugee camp for decades. The African Sudanese and Eritreans fled genocide (i.e. LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of African Sudanses murdered by arab Sudanese and muslim separatists) in their own lands, and you have the RACISM, ignorance and stupidity to criticise Israel? You are a RACIST.

      briek.lig - 2012-06-14 05:48

      Unbelievable !!! AND very very interesting. Israel was prominent in its condemning actions against (white, successful) South Africa. Now all of a sudden Israel also prefers its own Apartheid !!! Sick, two face bastards !!!!!!

  • jimi.harrison.7 - 2012-06-11 05:40

    Keep them there to build pyramids!

  • marius.marais.9 - 2012-06-11 06:01

    Whats up with Isreal - they do as they please and no one says anything.Do they have the Americas etc by the short and curly's ?I say lets build tent cities for the illegal Israely immigrants in other countries...

      Ian - 2012-06-11 07:20

      then you can kiss thouse countries economies goodbye, havent you learnt yet?????

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-11 08:28

      Not Israel’s fault that her huge & vast neighbours want to destroy her and have failed to do so over and over again. Goliath (Arab world) has lost this war; Israeli self defence is only seen as horrific by Arab apologists and racists.

      Boom - 2012-06-11 10:14

      Jimi Harrison: South Africa and a hundred other countries in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, most Middle East arab countries do this. In Lebanon they have had a palestinian refugee camp for decades. The African Sudanese and Eritreans fled genocide (i.e. LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of African Sudanses murdered by arab Sudanese and muslim separatists) in their own lands, and you have the RACISM, ignorance and stupidity to criticise Israel? You are a RACIST.

  • joseph.moabi - 2012-06-11 06:15

    hitler must be very proud of his creation. any country created out of hate will always find fault with other countries n people. not really surprised.

      Kevin - 2012-06-11 08:17

      Umm...... Actually, Israel was created out of love. Love of a life that could be lived without fear, and without hatred. Didnt quite work out, but life aint perfect, hey jo?

      Boom - 2012-06-11 10:15

      Joseph: South Africa and a hundred other countries in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, most Middle East arab countries do this. In Lebanon they have had a palestinian refugee camp for decades. The African Sudanese and Eritreans fled genocide (i.e. LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of African Sudanses murdered by arab Sudanese and muslim separatists) in their own lands, and you have the RACISM, ignorance and stupidity to criticise Israel? You are a RACIST.

  • gemmy.reese - 2012-06-11 06:37

    How long do you think until those tent citys have reaLly wicked guards and incinerators.. For the rubbish of course

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-11 08:21

      That will be the day the non haters of the world turn their back on Israel. This however will never happen as they are not the animals you describe them to be. Its time you had a good look in the mirror gemmy - from the 'Muslim only roads' in Saudi to the discrimination of Coptic Christians in Egypt; There is no place on earth where racism and discrimination is as institutionalised as in the Arab world, against Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, women, gays and other smaller minorities.

      Boom - 2012-06-11 10:15

      Gemmy Reese: South Africa and a hundred other countries in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, most Middle East arab countries do this. In Lebanon they have had a palestinian refugee camp for decades. The African Sudanese and Eritreans fled genocide (i.e. LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of African Sudanses murdered by arab Sudanese and muslim separatists) in their own lands, and you have the RACISM, ignorance and stupidity to criticise Israel? You are a RACIST.

  • Renard De Souza - 2012-06-11 06:46

    Double standards, I'm sure the rest of the world was asked to allow them in to other countries which they now control economically. Disgusting actually

  • Masala Ramabulana - 2012-06-11 06:50

    Why only black foreigners

      Larry - 2012-06-11 06:53

      Why do you find only black illegal immigrants at our own Lindelani deportation centre (prison). SA illegal immigrants are very poorly treated.

      Fritz - 2012-06-11 07:24

      @Larry: You seem to be suggesting that Israel's behaviour becomes condonable because immigrants in SA are treated poorly. Gee, I did know that Israel took their cue as to acceptable conduct from SA.

      fanie.smit.5 - 2012-06-11 08:53

      They are not the only ones. Don't you know it is better to flee to a white mans country than to a nother non white country. They skipped Egypt and Ethopia and others, so what is your problem?

      Rob - 2012-06-11 09:14

      Masala....Trick question ?

      Boom - 2012-06-11 10:16

      Masala: South Africa and a hundred other countries in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, most Middle East arab countries do this. In Lebanon they have had a palestinian refugee camp for decades. The African Sudanese and Eritreans fled genocide (i.e. LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of African Sudanses murdered by arab Sudanese and muslim separatists) in their own lands, and you have the RACISM, ignorance and stupidity to criticise Israel? You are a RACIST.

      Sharon - 2012-06-17 20:33

      they are the only illegals there

  • Tumelo - 2012-06-11 07:37

    South Africa must follow the route taken by Israel. The truth is our African brothers are here to take from us unlike Europeans. Instead of giving us something, we compete for jobs, accommodation, business space etc. During days of struggle they placed us in camps and not Estates and flats.

      rhys.vetner - 2012-06-11 07:50

      What a douche! I can see common sense isn't so comman anymore.

      Warwick - 2012-06-11 08:20

      Just think Tumelo, soon you will all be working for the Chinese, Pakistanis and whoever else this government allows in under so called immigration laws. Soon you will be a refugee in your own country where illegals immigrants and other immigrants will have more rights and benfits benefits than our own South African brother and sisters. This country is being flooded by the tens of thousands of people and believe me, they are not all innocent victims, but many have hidden agendas about being here. It seems that with this unbridled immigration black South frican will once again be second class people in the land of their birth. Working and begging from immigrants.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-11 08:10

    One of the reasons why Israel survives is because they dont bluff themselves. They know that a small immigrant problem will definitely become a big problem over time. Now is the time to deal with it, and that means that illegal economic migrants must go home. Its tough policy, but good policy.

  • Warwick - 2012-06-11 08:14

    Why would these so called migrants wish to live in the evil and cruel country of Israel. Why do they not wish to go to the free and democratic countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Egypt,and all the pther free muslim countries that continue to attack Israel.

      Fritz - 2012-06-11 08:57

      Migrants are going to those countries too. The difference is that those countries are not threatening to lock them in a cage.

      Boom - 2012-06-11 10:17

      FRITZ (your name says it all BTW): South Africa and a hundred other countries in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, most Middle East arab countries do this. In Lebanon they have had a palestinian refugee camp for decades. The African Sudanese and Eritreans fled genocide (i.e. LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of African Sudanses murdered by arab Sudanese and muslim separatists) in their own lands, and you have the RACISM, ignorance and stupidity to criticise Israel? You are a RACIST.

  • Jason - 2012-06-11 09:20

    xenophobia LIVES

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-11 09:33

      In Alex & Soweto where Zim's are attacked - yes. Israel defending its borders from newly arriving illegal immigrants is no crime.

      Boom - 2012-06-11 10:17

      Jason Rom: South Africa and a hundred other countries in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, most Middle East arab countries do this. In Lebanon they have had a palestinian refugee camp for decades. The African Sudanese and Eritreans fled genocide (i.e. LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of African Sudanses murdered by arab Sudanese and muslim separatists) in their own lands, and you have the RACISM, ignorance and stupidity to criticise Israel? You are a RACIST.

  • Ryan - 2012-06-11 10:01

    Good a government who are not brainwashed by leftist crackpots. Good on you.

      Tax - 2012-06-11 10:43

      Agreed. It appears Israel has the only sane govrnment left on Earth.

      Larry - 2012-06-11 16:00

      Sane and capable, working hard for its people.

  • lindsay.jaftha - 2012-06-11 14:01

    people are people, its sad to think that a person is given less worth because of where they are born. yes it does sound familiar, countless times in history we see cases of a dominant race removing another that they feel is a threat in some sort of way. it may not be as extreme but in principle they are doing the same thing that was done to them. I have no problem with protecting your borders but the mass forced removal of established immigrants legal or not is inhumane.

      Boom - 2012-06-11 15:04

      Lindsay they are not moving a race. If they were, do you think they would have airlifted tens of thousands of African Jews into Israel - the Ethiopian Jews, in one of the greatest human rights operations ever in the world? This is NOT a race issue or mass forced removal. This is about handling illegal immigrants in the same way as other democratic state does, including South Africa, Asutralia, the UK, the USA, Italy, France, almost all the arab states who have illegal immigrants, etc. If you have a problem with Israel doing this, why don't you have a problem with all of these other countries doing it???

  • Aaron - 2012-06-11 15:48

    Isreal remains the last bastion of institutionilzed racism. it is an apartheid state. they have now proven it by their actions. the real illegal immigrants are all those zionists from all over the world who are now living on palestinian land. these zionist should be deported to where they came from.

      Boom - 2012-06-11 16:05

      Wow Aaron, really??? The last bastion of institutionalized racism huh? I suppose the suppression of the shia community by the allawites in Syria and the murder of over 10,000 people there is all just a conspiracy by those wicked Zionists, huh? By the way, they are called Israelis. I know you can't bear to say the name, but it exists, on a map and in real life too! I-s-r-a-e-l! Come on, you can do it. Or what about the genocide of the Kurds by the turks? Or the genocide of the African Sudanese by the arab Sudanese - where literally hundreds of thousands have been killed. I suppose that is not racism? I find it laughable that you call Israel racist when the only reason that African Sudanese and Eritreans fled there is because of arab/muslim genocide and violent islamist aggression in their own countries!!!!

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-11 16:09

      Aaron is confusing Israel with the Arab world again.

      Larry - 2012-06-11 18:51

      Aaron, I challenge you to come up with one single apartheid law in Israel's statute books (institutionalised), besides that of non-Jews being prohibited from serving in the IDF, or the law that allows ultra religious Jews from not serving in the IDF. You are a parrot putz, fed a diet of hatred from an early age. Your use of the word 'zionist' is a slur in your vocabulary, yet you cannot even tell me what 'zionist' actually means. Too bad for you.

      Larry - 2012-06-11 22:24

      Patrick is Lesego who has stated that Mugabe is an African hero, under his fraudulent name Patrick. Confused? So is Patrick, or is that Lesego??? If Israel practices apartheid, then so does the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and most all of Europe.

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