Israel rounds up African migrants

2012-06-11 16:00
African migrants stand on a street corner of Tel Aviv. (File photo, AP)

African migrants stand on a street corner of Tel Aviv. (File photo, AP) (Afp)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities on Monday rounded up dozens of African migrants slated for deportation, most of them from South Sudan, as the government weighs tough penalties against Israelis who help illegal aliens.

The Population and Migration Authority said in a statement that officers arrested 45 migrants from South Sudan, along with three Nigerians, two Ghanaians, two Chinese, one from Ivory Coast, one from the Philippines and one whose nationality is being checked.

Israeli public radio said that in at least two cases, during early-morning swoops in the Red Sea town of Eilat, women with young children were picked up as they walked on the streets and were driven away.

Journalist and rights activist Toni Lissi told army radio that suspects in the town were picked up on the street, in banks, at their places of work and in door-to-door searches.

"The people arrested were taken on buses to detention centres. Their mobile phones were confiscated," she said.

"Other immigrants are hiding in their homes, not daring to go out until things calm down,' she said.

Tougher legislation

An Israeli court on Thursday ruled that the lives of an estimated 1 500 migrants from South Sudan are no longer at risk in their homeland, clearing the way for their mass expulsion.

Community workers said they were led to understand that the migrants would have a least a week to put their affairs in order and report voluntarily for repatriation, but arrests began before dawn on Sunday, when eight South Sudanese and 17 others were taken into custody.

Israeli daily Haaretz said that a government committee on legislation had approved submission of draft bills which would raise the maximum penalty for Israelis who employed, housed or transported around the country illegal immigrants to five years in prison from two at present.

The bill is expected to go to parliament for a preliminary reading this week.

The interior ministry says that approximately 60 000 African immigrants have entered Israel illegally, including those from South Sudan, with which Israel has friendly relations.

Read more on:    israel  |  immigrants

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
63 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
 

6 incredible adventures right on our doorstep!

In South Africa we are super lucky to have gazillions of awesome options on our doorsteps to consider.

 
 

Outdoor

We tried CrossFit for 2 months ...
It's your last day to apply to be a Cape Town lifeguard this summer!
Stay motivated to keep fit this winter with these great tips!
EPIC! Watch downhill mountain biking in the Namib-Naukluft desert

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is time to ground those brilliant ideas and find a realistic format to fit them into. The best place to start is at the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.