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Netanyahu: Action on African migrants

2012-05-20 21:33

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday highlighted the dangers of an uncontrollable influx of African migrants to the Jewish state while vowing he would act to resolve the issue.

The phenomenon of "illegal work infiltrators" is "very grave and threatens the social fabric of society, our national security and our national identity," he told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting.

If Israel did not prevent illegal African migrants from entering, the current "60 000 illegal infiltrators could easily grow to 600 000 illegal infiltrators.

"This would inundate the state and, to a considerable degree, cancel out its image as a Jewish and democratic state," Netanyahu said in remarks relayed by his office.

Official figures for 2011 showed there were some 52 487 illegal African immigrants in Israel by the end of the year, but the statistics do not differentiate between refugees and economic migrants.

Some are asylum seekers fleeing persecution, while others are economic migrants. Many of them from Sudan and Eritrea. Almost all of them sneak across the border from the Egyptian Sinai and end up living in the run-down neighbourhoods around Tel Aviv's central bus station.

The heated debate over the rising tide of African nationals arriving in Israel was highlighted last week by the indictment of a young Israeli on charges of arson after he threw Molotov cocktails at migrant homes in south Tel Aviv.

And on Friday, police said they had arrested three Eritrean nationals in connection with the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

Over the weekend, the issue dominated the Israeli press, with news channels hosting pundits and airing the frustrations of residents of Tel Aviv and the southern Red Sea resort town of Eilat, also a key destination for arrivals from Africa.

Netanyahu said the first need was "to build a physical barrier" referring to the 250km fence that Israel is constructing along the Egyptian border.

He also vowed to "severely punish" those employing illegal immigrants and that Israel would ensure the "physical removal" of the migrants, without specifying how.

At the start of the year, Netanyahu said he was planning to visit several African capitals to discuss the issue of immigration, but so far no such plans have been made public.

Comments
  • Omo - 2012-05-20 22:08

    Hahahahahahaha..Africans are going to "occupy" Israel and they panicking! I wonder what those migrants are looking for in Israel anyways.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 22:59

      Perhaps what you came looking for in South Africa?

      lenzi.marques - 2012-05-21 00:27

      Drugs and legal prostitution?

      Larry - 2012-05-21 06:12

      The same reasons that Mexicans steal into the USA. The good life.

      Omo - 2012-05-21 14:25

      @Fred.Fraser.12...True that but why isreal? They stand a better chance in Oman,Jordan,UAE than Isreal.Isreal has never been friendly to foreigners so anyone going to search for a better life there is more or less committing suicide.

      Larry - 2012-05-21 18:08

      Shows you how little you know @omonaija. For all the lies about Israel, it is far more friendly than you have ever experienced. A good example is the Iranian minority, the Baha'i, who are detested by the Iranians to the extent that they may not enter Iranian Universities, or run their own universities. The Baha'i have their world centre in Israel and are protected by the Israeli government. Gay Palestinians escape being murdered in Palestinian territory find a home and acceptance in Israel. Sudanese refugees are sheltered in Israel. You have no idea what a great and free society Israel offers.

      Boaz - 2012-05-21 18:25

      omonaija - go visit Israel then we can talk... ur as blind

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-05-21 06:36

    Its not nice how we black Africans migrate,why cant we face reality and vote in qualified people to run affairs,look at this Zuma/ANC fellow,turning SA into another third world s**t hole,sad

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 07:55

      People do not eat ballot papers! This perhaps should not let your hangups get the better of what you read or of your faculties. But crowd pleasers are such a gem on this thread.

      Omo - 2012-05-21 14:26

      @Agedah Alex ..That is easier said than done.Have you heard of the word "rigging"? In most parts of Africa,people vote for the right people but the right people never win!

  • Ted - 2012-05-21 07:53

    Racist country. Talking of makeup of a Jewish state, physical barriers etc. So where is the promised land?

      Larry - 2012-05-21 09:05

      Israel is less racist than South Africa. There is greater ethnic and religious diversity in Israel and all live in relative harmony together compared to our highly polarised SA society.\ All countries have controls against illegal immigration. Try going to live in the USA, Ted. The question is why do these African immigrants choose to go to Israel? It is because Israel is free and prosperous, compared to the despotic lands they originated from.

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 09:14

      Really Larry? Israel is merely a dependent state. A bankrupt economy that solely relies on foreign aid to pay for its annual deficit for the past 60 years of existence.

      Henry - 2012-05-21 09:17

      Fidel. You confusing most of the african continent with Israel there

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 09:23

      Supercilious wannabe smart-alecky one-liners do not an argument make!

      Larry - 2012-05-21 09:48

      Actually Fidel, Israel is highly successful and boasts more tech start-ups than all of Europe and asia combined. It has no trade with regional neighbors due to animosities, yet is a net exporter of high tech and finance, among others. But you do not actually deal with all of my comment, and deflect only with non-issue. Israel is not racist and all countries, especially those that offer freedom and a better life for its inhabitants, have controls against illegal immigration.

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 10:22

      There is documented racism in Israel as was reported by this site regarding Israelis of Ethiopian descent. Only Israeli citizens and illegal Jewish settlers drive with yellow license plates, which allow them freedom to travel throughout the Holy Land; non-Jewish Israelis cannot buy or lease land in Israel. Look at what's happening today where people claiming Jewish ancestry (and who openly express a truly vile anti-Palestinian racism) can immigrate from Russia (or New York or Toronto) to Palestine and forcibly evict Palestinians indigenous Palestinians from their homes and lands. It's not called racism in Israel, it's halacha -- Jewish law -- that prohibits allowing Gentiles a foothold in the holy land. A principal component of Zionism is racism, in the form of the belief held by Zionists that Jews constitute a race (or ethnic group or however they see themselves) superior to all others, and in particular to the Palestinians. If you are only allowed the right of return if you are a Jew, is that racist or religious? You tell me. But, whatever you call it , it is discriminatory and that is illegal in the civilised world. "Israel is a racist state" How could it be anything else when it wants to limit its inhabitants to Jews? What if all religions, all cultures, all skin colours had their own countries? I didn't respond to the immigration part because I believe also that every country has a right to monitor its borders as they see fit.

      Larry - 2012-05-21 11:17

      There is documented racism in Israel as there is documented racism in practically every other country on this planet. Israel does not have racist laws, differing from Islamic countries who most definitely do. The documented racism post Apartheid in SA will fill volumes. The only legislated discrimination in Israel is that non-Jews are excluded from IDF duties, for obvious reasons. Your claim that non-Jewish Israeli's cannot buy or lease land in Israel is a bald-faced lie. Israeli Muslims and Christians, and Jews of Ethiopian decent for that matter, participate in all facets of Israeli society and government equally. The principle component of Zionism is Jewish nationalism, not racism, and Islamic nationalism is no different, or equally racist then. You state: " "Israel is a racist state" How could it be anything else when it wants to limit its inhabitants to Jews? What if all religions, all cultures, all skin colours had their own countries?" Well Fidel, Jews were hounded out of Arab MUSLIM states because they were of the Jewish faith, and no Jew can go back and buy land or lease land, can they? What do you call this then? You kill your own argument every time, because you only have a one sided view.

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 12:18

      Do I have to preface every criticism of Israel with some kind of emotive acknowledgement of the discrimination prevalent in Arab countries as well? That's the rhetoric of Stalinism. The so called hounding of Jews from Arabian lands was the reciprocal equivalent of the terror brought by menachem begin and his coterie of thugs. The massacre at Deir Yassin caused other Palestinians to flee their homes in fear. Zionist terrorists drove trucks with loudspeakers through the streets and over the roads of Palestine warning Palestinians that what happened at Dear Yassin would happen to them if they didn't leave. As an African, I know what racism is and trying to paint the current SA dispensation as racist is misrepresentation of the worst kind. We cannot dismiss this historical fact because this country was born out of a racial definition and has to be advanced with that racial definition rebalanced. What does it gain you in an honest debate to blur the facts in this way? Zionists are experts at propaganda, disinformation, denying facts and outright lying. No suprises there!

      Larry - 2012-05-21 13:17

      Fidel, I give it to you that your quality of discourse is superb, but it is somewhat diluted by your blinkered view. Pogroms against Jews in Arab and Muslim countries date back centuries, with well documented persecution existing from around the turn of last century. Hitler having allies in most of the Middle East mufti's and rulers is a well known fact. Your views are also well documented, and you have never once condemned discrimination, racism, terrorism, human rights abuses, or even outright genocidal murder perpetrated, and so starkly prevalent in Arab and Muslim countries, emotively or dispassionately. You only target Israel, which happens to be predominantly Jewish. Why is that?

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 13:30

      I find it extremely poor logic, not to mention infantile to suggest that Israel isn't a racist state, simply because there are other countries out there that are 'more' racist. So one alleged injustice is the basis for creating another. And all of this to justfy in inherent racism and inequality in zionism. The nationalist wing of Israeli politics cannot or will not understand what the fundamentals of a democracy are. Israel has a choice here and it touches on its very essence. Is Israel to be a democratic and progressive society, or is it to be a medievalist ethnic state. It cannot be both!

      Larry - 2012-05-21 13:47

      Fidel, it is quite astounding that you can proclaim that a vast majority of the well educated Western world suffers from 'extremely poor logic' and are 'infantile' to suggest that Israel isn't a racist state. Israel is a product of its enemies inasmuch as it is a product of its own people. The Middle East is a tough neighborhood. Israel has never known peaceful existence yet it thrives in harsh conditions. Jewish hearts have hardened because their right to exist as a Jewish nation is constantly subjected to your viewpoint and worse. I find it extremely poor logic, not to mention infantile to suggest that Israel is a racist state. You join in solidarity with all Israel's enemies who are (as you acknowledge) racist.

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 14:09

      Poor logic is poor logic, your being befallen with western exceptionalism cannot hide that. Certainly Israel is a racist state. It was established as the "Jewish homeland". There are laws and regulations in place at every level to ensure that the Jewish majority is sustained above "other". Most of Israels supporters are intelligent enough to realize this. They just deny criticisms of Israel out of habit, like you. A proposed law calls for the end of Arabic as an official language of the state of Israel, a move which would marginalise ever further one-fifth of the population for whom Arabic is the mother-tongue. The way Israel treats its minorities, 40% of its citizens is a test of its democracy. You would need to create antisemitism, Larry, even where there was none, because that is your own defence for the indefensible. The Israeli pariah status has come about is because of Israeli belligerence. That's all. I have to go now and spend my time on something more likely to bear fruit; teach my dog to bake a cake.

      Larry - 2012-05-21 17:00

      Fidel, after 2000 years of living under abject persecution in unkind host countries around the world, and culminating with the holocaust against Jews in Europe which decimated close to 50% of world Jewish people, Jews have now secured for themselves a national homeland and secured the means to protect themselves. I make no apologies for this. Everyone in Israel speaks Hebrew, including Arab Muslims. You really have to look hard to find the racism you seek. But then a pet-hate is a pet-hate and I suppose you have to feed it.

      Larry - 2012-05-21 21:29

      Lesego, Fidel and I are not having a pissing contest as is your style, we are having a debate. It is a good debate, something you are completely incapable of participating in due to your wekness in knowledge, logic and reason. By which measure do you then judge who wins in this debate, like a four year old judging a senior school spelling bee? Or did you perhaps get the thumbs up and down mixed up. Fool.

  • Henry - 2012-05-21 08:30

    Illigal immigrants,chuck them all out.Simple

  • Ryno - 2012-05-21 08:34

    well thank god they did not come to sa

      Bobo - 2012-05-21 09:26

      Sorry to burst your bubble Ryno, but for every 1 illegal immigrant entering Israel there is 15 entering SA..Those Africans illegaly entering Israel choose to do so, they are not being forcefully removed from their lands but unfortunately Israel will be seen as an apartheid state for trying to look after their own.

  • Aaron - 2012-05-21 13:07

    this prove the racist apartheid naure of the Zionist entity called Isreal. ZIONISM=Racism

      Henry - 2012-05-21 13:49

      Because they wish too keep illegals out,in this case africans? Shame on you for your racist attitude

  • Mark - 2012-05-21 13:51

    Fidel is a plagiarist. Fidel copy pastes most of his/her answers from Google. Copy and paste the following, including the double quotes, into Google: "The massacre at Deir Yassin caused other Palestinians to flee their homes in fear. Zionist terrorists drove trucks with loudspeakers through the". As you can see there are numerous articles with the exact same wording. Now check most of Fidels posts in Google and you will get similar results.

      Fidel - 2012-05-21 15:03

      It's not accidental I find the information I provide here, I have to know what I want to show you beforehand. Refute it if you can with your own facts and\or logic when you can.

      Mark - 2012-05-21 15:34

      Then you should reference the people you are apparently quoting. Otherwise you nothing but a cheating plagiarist. It would be great to actually read some of your own 'facts and logic' when you decide not to use your "cntrl+c and cntrl+v" commenting.

  • Blixum - 2012-05-21 14:37

    Racist! He worries about 60 000 illegals. We have 6 000 000 and we do not worry at all. LOL. Chickens.

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