Anti-African riot sparks migrant dispute

2012-05-24 20:51

Jerusalem - Violent race riots that shook southern Tel Aviv overnight sparked shock in Israel on Thursday, but also prompted top-level calls for the immediate arrest and expulsion of tens of thousands of African migrants.

The latest unrest to sweep the impoverished neighbourhoods around Tel Aviv's central bus station erupted when a demonstration of around 1 000 people who were protesting against the rising number of Africans moving into the area turned violent.

"Shock, violence and hatred of foreigners in Tel Aviv" was the headline in the Maariv daily, which described scenes of chaos as demonstrators went on the rampage with sticks and stones, attacking African-run shops and smashing up a car driven by two African men.

"Blacks out!" shouted demonstrators in the crowd, while others yelled "Send the Sudanese back to Sudan," several media reports said, as other protesters derided the "bleeding-heart leftists" working to help them.

Racist speeches

Most reports said the rally turned nasty after the crowd was whipped up by several racist speeches by right-wing MPs, several of them from the ruling Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The infiltrators are a cancer in our body," Likud MP Miri Regev told the crowd, as fellow MP Danny Danon shouted: "The infiltrators must be expelled from Israel! Expulsion now!"

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 20 people had been arrested on suspicion of vandalising shops and attacking cars driven by Africans, but added that there were no reports of anyone being injured.

The police have also extended the remand of seven Israeli minors accused of attacking African immigrants earlier this week, he said.

Interior ministry statistics show there are more than 60 000 African immigrants living illegally in Israel.

Some are asylum seekers fleeing persecution, while others are economic migrants. 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 bus station.

The issue of illegal immigration from Africa has thrown into relief sharp divisions within Israel, with many top officials, including Netanyahu, warning that their growing numbers pose a major threat to the security and identity of the Jewish state.


Despite the violence, Interior Minister Eli Yishai demanded on Thursday that all illegal African immigrants be put "behind bars" before kicking them all out.

"We must put all these infiltrators behind bars in detention and holding centres, then send them home because they come and take work from Israelis," he told army radio.

Unless the government took urgent action, there would "soon be half a million to a million, and we cannot lose our country to this," said the minister, who has frequently called for the expulsion of non-Jewish immigrants, sparking cries of racism.

Wednesday night’s violence made headlines in all the main Hebrew-language newspapers, as well as on the TV and radio stations, with army radio denouncing it as a mob attack directed against a minority group.

As a fierce debate raged across the air waves and on Internet forums, a Tel Aviv court indicted two African migrants from Sudan and Eritrea on suspicion of raping a woman near the central bus station last week.

Last week, an Israeli was charged with arson after he threw Molotov cocktails at the homes of African migrants in southern Tel Aviv in a move reportedly connected to the arrest of three Eritreans in connection with the rape of a 15-year-old Israeli girl.

Allowing work

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told public radio that crime among the immigrants could be curbed by allowing them to work.

If the government "lets illegal immigrants live in the city, we must give them the means to survive by giving them work," he said in comments echoing remarks made last week by Israeli police chief Yohanan Danino, which sparked a political outcry.

Meanwhile, Israel's Peace Now movement said it had approached the attorney general to prosecute the two Likud MPs who attended the demonstration for "incitement to racial hatred."

In a bid to halt the influx of immigrants from Africa, Israel has been building a 250km fence along the Egyptian border. It has also built a vast detention centre near the border to house anyone caught crossing the frontier.

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.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-24 21:08

    isn't amazing how the africans hate Israel but they go there for work and food. They cannot build their own countries.

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 21:14

      I'm amazed at your ability to stereotype a billion people, many of which you've never met! What a tosser!

      sven.gohre - 2012-05-24 21:18

      Stewart, it was the same in the Apartheid era. The funny thing that I have noticed living in the UK, is that as soon as they arrive here from Africa they are very quick in calling for affirmative action so that they can get jobs as a minority, while back home in South Africa they have affirmative action for the majority so that they can get jobs. I would hate to comment on that type of mentality and even less on what that says about their ability to create work for themselves.

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 21:26

      @Peggy The suffering of black people was no doubt in many respects worse in other African countries than it was in apartheid South Africa (hence the net immigration into SA at the time). Having utterly destroyed your neighbour's house, you shouldn't congratulate yourself at having the compassion to let a very few of them into your house? Of course, you are not as politically sophisticated as you believe yourself to be,coating your remarks with slightly sarcatic implications based on a belief of superiority.

      lloyd.tandi - 2012-05-24 21:29

      So Africans should do the same chase away and destroy Jewish owned business here .wat kinda world is this.

      Fanta - 2012-05-24 21:35

      Fidel, the comment from stewart might be harsh, but there is some truth in it. Most African leaders oppose the Israelis on some level.

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 21:45

      I doubt if they oppose Israelis because they are Israelis. It might have to do with the fact that they empathise with Palestinians because of our own struggles and how that country was a key route to sanctions busting in SA during the 80s. On the other hand we are talking about ordinary citizens (not leaders) whose choices are as limited as the Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe.

      Aadil - 2012-05-24 21:51

      Jews bulit isreal? Or built it by stealing land from palestinians piece by piece? Racist swines

      Omo - 2012-05-24 22:45

      Soon some people will come here and defend the indefensible.When South Africans went on rampage in 2008 and killed innocent foreigners,it was labelled xenophobic attacks.However when isrealis commit the same crime it is justified. Jews are in every country on the African continent making their money,no one destroys their shops or chase them out.This world is so unfair to Africans.What did we really do you guys? Why do you dislike Africans so much? You guys chase us out of your countries but live in ours without any hinderances???? What did the blackman ever do to deserve this ill treatement it get from other races??

      Omo - 2012-05-24 22:54

      @Stewart ..Is that the only comment you can make in response to this wrong act? You call yourself an African and expect people to see you as an African but condone the ill treatment of Africans? I can't believe you can be so cold hearted.Just imagine one of the people attacked is your relative ,will you have the same opinion? It is people like you that continue to polarize South Africa with such cruel comments.

      James - 2012-05-25 00:01

      Eh Fidel. The "billion" can be stereotyped via CIA Factbook, Transparency International, DNA problems. IQ problems. Eg. In Chicago THREE % of Black freshmen Graduate coll by age 25, Source Consortiun sch research Chic. I can continue for another 30 mins. with FACTS. So stop your glib revolutionary spewing it aint gonna fly here.

      James - 2012-05-25 00:07

      Hey Fidel, @peggy sven you remarked "on a belief of superiority" So you regard Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia equal to Scandanavia. Your idiocy is stunning.

      Benn - 2012-05-25 05:49

      As I have always said, as during apartheid, I am amazed at the numbers trying to gain entry INTO Israel, obviously escaping from conditions in Africa, caused by corruption and gross incompetence in their own countries. Fact is that they are voting with their feet.

      Benn - 2012-05-25 05:58

      omonaija- Hey, you still owe me an explanation. Avoiding the question- "Why did People from all over Africa, including the corrupt military dictatorship of Nigeria,try so hard to gain entry INTO SA under apartheid"? Were the escaping conditions now being created by the incompetent and corrupt ANC regime?

      jajabutters - 2012-05-25 07:12

      @steward. Guess what i'm african and before this article, I supported isreal. But now i'm over them.

      Fidel - 2012-05-25 07:52

      @James You really, really are truly insufferable!. Same old rubbish repeated in thread after thread - I know that you're big into racial purity. Here's a thought, if you moved to Iceland, am sure you won't find any Africans there. You could always entertain yourself making a snow person, which fortunately for you, will always turn WHITE.

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-25 08:47

      lloyd.tandi there is a difference between Jewish South Africans and illegible immigrants in Israel (no papers, smuggled illegally). You would be shocked to discover South Africa’s number of Jewish owned business who employs over one million fellow South Africans. If you wish to kick them out you will increase unemployment by over one million people while SARS would probable lose 30% of its turnover as Jewish owned business make up a very large part of big business. Xenophobic attacks happen everywhere in the world, we had our own here in Jozi as well. The new flashpoint in Israel is only given special attention to by NEWS24 (and other media outlets) for the simple purpose of demonising Israel by the very powerful Pro-Palestinians lobby. Xenophobia has shown its ugly face in Israel for the first time in 2012 for the simple reason that the rap of 3 Israeli girls took place in this impoverished part of Israel, please keep in mind that rape in Israel is a very rare occurrence and the shock of the people turned this even into violent.

      Antebellum - 2012-05-25 10:25

      @Omo It is time that black people start taking resposibility for themselves instead of blaming everyone else. Lets be brutally honest and look at the facts. You asked: "This world is so unfair to Africans.What did we really do you guys? Why do you dislike Africans so much?" Maybe africans should stop leeching and start contributing to societies. It has become a blackhole(no pun intended) for charity funds. Everywhere around the world where there large concentrations of black people, crime is at its worst. In London black people make up 12% of the population but they commit 56% of the crimes. In the US black people make up 13% of the population but they commit 60% of the crimes. In South Africa black people make up 80% of the population but they commit 99% of the crime. South African foreigners(mostly nigerians like yourself) commit 19% of the crimes. And then you wonder why africans are disliked?

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-24 21:12

    Is this the same country they claim Jesus was born? Some people still believe in God's son :(

      Squeegee - 2012-05-24 21:30

      Its early to be drinking...

      marumobongani - 2012-05-25 07:15

      hahahahahhahahahahahaha you such a believer wait you dont wannna say jesus was a whiteman tjo hahahahahahahahahahahahaha does such things still exist

  • fdalana - 2012-05-24 21:13

    the story reminds me of someone who was called Adolf Hitler.

      James - 2012-05-25 00:12

      Hitler was fighting the same Bolshevics that started the revolution in Russia. Search Marxist Talmud. Patton said US was fighting the wrong enemy,he was killed.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-24 21:19

    "The issue of illegal immigration from Africa has thrown into relief sharp divisions within Israel, with many top officials, including Netanyahu, warning that their growing numbers pose a major threat to the security and identity of the Jewish state." Am sure I read something similar to this in the history books, somewhere in Europe about some Aryan people who wanted to preserve their identity. The more things change, the more they stay the same. let the flaming commence!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 22:22

      You have to provide a source when quoting, Fidel. Otherwise it's considered just personal opinion.

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 22:27

      Obviously you didn't read the article, but jumped straight to the comment section.

      Neil - 2012-05-24 22:42

      Hey Icehole. A few things to consider. These people are recently illegal in Israel. I do not agree with the remarks of some Israelis not to let non Jews in legally, but you are comparing the planned/structure persecution/obliteration of the Jews which is nothing close to what you have here. Americans, Germans, French, Dutch and even the UK have similar issues with illegals. Even in SA. So f^&k off with your comment.

      Tax - 2012-05-24 22:47

      Go live in Cuba turd.

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 23:06

      Another poster who is so well endowed he has difficulty sitting!

  • Albert - 2012-05-24 21:44

    Keep your pants on. Immigation needs to be controlled otherwise it will cause chaos. But when you incite racism, hatred and violence it always comes back to haunt you later or your descendence. Sins of the fathers.e.g. in South Africa.

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 22:05

      The issue of immigration is a touchy one, world wide. We had our own problems in SA of xenophobic attacks on immigrants/refugees. In the modern times of nation states, and mass human migration, it is but difficult to have countries solely belonging to one particular group or race. "Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race"

  • tnmunyai - 2012-05-24 21:46

    Very interesting. You blacks who always comment against your fellow African and proudly smile when whites, especial Jewish(DA) attacking, disrespecting and insulting your fellow African must learn from this article and comments from those who were commenting on our President insults.

      marumobongani - 2012-05-25 07:04

      f*ck like they have anything to fight for except that they fear to be overthroned they cant sleep well seeing black presidents

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-05-24 22:07

    Why cant we blacks develope our continent and live in it,how come Congo DRC more blessed than South Africa in terms of minerals is poor? Because it didn't have white settlers,the truth is bitter

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 22:18

      A rather silly response to a series of developments that has led to the present sorry state of affairs, but Africa's checkered history is far too long to go into here for fear of monopolising the thread, I suggest that instead you do a little reading yourself rather then resorting to knee-jerk comments. You can start with John Perkins' "Confession of an Economic Hitmen". This should stir your senses.

      Tax - 2012-05-24 22:33

      An honest comment.

      Tax - 2012-05-24 22:37

      Fidel how long did it take England to rebuild their country after the utter devastation of the End world war? Educate yourself and stop blaming a continents failures on others. Grow the f up.

      Tax - 2012-05-24 22:39

      Typo 2nd World War

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 23:03

      Blustering nonsense and silly insults will have very little impact on that fact. I am not interested in point scoring or repeating well-worn rhetorical positions. Truly the internet gives everyone a voice, even those who have nothing to add.

      Agedah Alex - 2012-05-24 23:08

      @Stewart,they do,but corruption is eating the good life they are suppose to have,since is a black nation,they dont have apartheid to blame 4 their shortcomings

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 23:15

      Why do people, who patently know nothing of what has/is going on, so willingly embarrass themselves on a world-wide public forum? You clearly have no idea about Africa's under-development.

      Benn - 2012-05-25 06:05

      Typical- trying to use the "underdevelopment theory" to excuse or justify Africas gross incompetence. The countries which have been "exploited" according to your theory, are the ones which are more prosperous. That throws your theory, dreamed up by Marxists to befriend the undeveloped world, right out of the window.

      Fidel - 2012-05-25 07:44

      "to a series of developments that has led to the present sorry state of affairs," What do you understand by this statement? If you take the trouble to read my post instead of acting out your prejudices you will see that I have not excused anything. It would be misleading to try and compartmentalise Africa into areas that were affected by colonialism and those which were not, for the continent as a whole had to bear the costs.

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-05-24 22:14

    At leaste its whites hating black immigrants,unlike in S.A where blacks hate african immigrants. We are in no moral position to critised Israel

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 23:24

      Who is we. Is it you and your mouse in your pocket?

      James - 2012-05-25 00:20

      "WE" is your savage brothers killing each other since time. Mostly out of bloodlust, tribal hatred. At least the Whites killed each other for economic, land gains.

      Fidel - 2012-05-25 07:25

      Go wind someone else up with your nonsense, you'll get no further attention here!

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-25 09:20

      Agedah Alex Israelis do not hate Africans! This NEW violence has been spurred on by the high number of rape cases in a country that does not really experience rape at all. the only time in human history that a first world nation took a large black community out of Africa, not in order to enslave or exploit it, but in order to set it free – Was Israel in an operation known as "Operation Moses” January 1985 – they number today over 200 thousand and Pay taxes, serve in the defence force and live a democratic life like all other Israelis. The new xenophobic attacks are aimed at new illegal aliens who have brought a section of Israel into an area where women fear to tread. The people took the law into their own hands and violence unfortunately took place.

      Almaaz Mohamed - 2012-05-26 09:02

      you're right, Israelis have never experienced rape. their soldiers are just ever willing to rape countless Palestinian women detained without trial. but thats ok right? i mean thats what innocent people deserve, accordin to the logic of some enlightened people.

  • Andricca - 2012-05-24 22:21

    The Israelites are as barbarians as perpetrators of apartheid, very racist,cold-blooded,angry with no real sense of humor. They just need Mugabe and Malema - Zuma will easily get fooled.

      Tax - 2012-05-24 22:32

      Believe me the Israelis will sort Malema and Mugabe out very quickly. Don't fool yourself.

  • tnmunyai - 2012-05-24 22:33

    Why the comments are so few in this articles? Where are the commentators? Is this article boring or invisibe? Or it is becouse it is affecting the racists. it takes almost 1 hour for only 30 comments.

  • simba.lumbe - 2012-05-24 22:55

    I'm probably reading too much into it, but didn't Adolf Hitler have cabinet ministers and legislators who spewed the exact same vitriol about Jews in Germany, as these Israeli officials are doing here? Or could it maybe be some long forgotten table turning somewhere....? But then again, could Hitler have been right about Jews and their "inherent arrogance" after all? For a people that feel the world complicitely owes them a leaf of sympathy for allowing the holocaust to happen as long as it did without decisive intervention, and from what these Zionist bureaucrats are peddling, that same holocaust wasn't enough to teach them the ills prejudice bears! Was 6 million of them just an example of the "filth" that needed extermination? Someone somewhere has clearly forgotten!

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 23:30

      Reich Minister of propaganda!

  • Albert - 2012-05-24 23:15

    Adolf Hitler had a point. He shouldn't have killed them but jews are not exactly the most tolerant people. They will ban alcohol in their neighbourhoods and sell it in black neibourhoods. Thats how callous they can be. They want the world to morn the holocaust for 60 years but look at what they are doing to Palestinians.

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-25 09:32

      Hitler didn’t have a point - he killed 30 million people, and 6 million of them were Jewish. Jews don’t want the world to mourn the holocaust - they mourn it themselves for their own loss... the Russians are free to mourn the loss of 10 million Russian soldiers of they wish to, so could the French... polish etc etc. Sales of alcohol are actually very low in both Jewish & Muslims areas... the heaviest drinkers are Russian population of Israel who number around the one million mark.. Israel is doing nothing more than Italy, Greece or Spain when treating illegal aliens – its only publicized as such to dehumanise Israel on the public arena. The Palestinians have only themselves to blame for the lack of peace in the area - When the Palestinians choose peace rather than their current policy of violence and Israel's destruction there will be peace.

  • anthonyralphwilson - 2012-05-24 23:27

    the closest you'll get to Nazis now days\r\nare the Jews of Israel

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-25 06:54

    fake love its all it is they expect to come and do business in our continent but not help our brothers who come in peace its time south africa stop doing business with them

      Wimpy - 2012-05-25 07:30

      the brothers are running from brothers. send them home isreal. soon thy will demand.

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-25 07:26

    I see alot of them selling make ups and stuff in sandton they should be ashamed of their own people who riot against the people who gives bread to isrealis who work in this continent

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-25 09:40

      The Israelis selling stuff in Sandton have a visa and papers – they leave before their Visa expires. The problem in Israel, as is in Greece, Belgium, Germany or Portugal is the handling of Illegal immigrants!! ie no visa, or papers to work... Illegal Immigrants in Spanish detention centres treated far worse than in Israel… Mexican illegal immigrants are rounded up by local farmers, handed over to the US border patrol and are handed back to Mexico. Every country uses the law to protect its borders but only Israel is targeted for doing so. Time you start asking why this is.

  • Darryl - 2012-05-25 07:52

    "three Eritreans in connection with the rape of a 15-year-old Israeli girl." I REST MY CASE !!!

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-25 09:43

      The Rape of women around the central bus station of Tel-Aviv has increased ten fold in 4 years.

  • Blixum - 2012-05-25 08:54

    What happened to the "black Jews of Ethiopia" which the Jews so proudly displayed to the world a few years ago. Now they want to stay in Israel as Jews but are not welcome. Sanctimonious hypocrates!

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-25 09:53

      The only time in human history that a first world nation took a large black community out of Africa, not in order to enslave or exploit it, but in order to set it free – Was Israel in an operation known as "Operation Moses” They live in Israel now... with an Israeli passport, they work, pay taxes, serve in the Defence Forces and live a life of peace even though it has been a long road to adjust to democracy after being persecuted against for generations in Africa.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-25 09:46

    Israel is the 2nd most interesting social experiment on the planet, after South Africa. Let us continue to lead the world on grounds of social reform. May we continue to inspire nations to unite their peoples, however challenging it may seem.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-25 10:52

    remind me again why I get accused of being anti jew? oh yes that right the lies and attitude that the world owes them something because they lie so well.

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-06-09 03:47

    This is whats about to happen here with all the racail incitment blacksa are about to do this here I wonder what the world will say about us! It happnened in Turkey Germans hate the Turkish, its happening here Blacks hate the whites....It happens when people feel threatened. A German bank CEO said that the Jews have a strange gene, Angele Merkel said when she was refering to the Turkish people '' Multiculturalisn does not work'' Julius Malema said '' Kill the *oer'' its happening because people dont have enough people feel undermind Does any one wonder what would have happened if the whites didnt oppresss blacks in this country, we would be a first world country, they built a percentage of a country and left the rest to die and pretended it didnt exists, while they had a few do there washing. I feel sorry for domestic workers Ih hate to touch a white child they look weird. But back to what Im saying, the race riouts are here now, radicals show up when people feel like there lacking, its not Julius its not the ancyl ITS the whole country the whole thing give it a year and lets see.

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