Israel offers cash to Africans to leave

2012-06-08 22:10

Jerusalem - African migrants who entered Israel illegally will be given cash incentives if they leave on their own soon, or they will face expulsion, the interior ministry said on Friday.

A tent city is being built to hold other migrants, the vast majority, who can stay for now, the ministry said.

About 60 000 Africans have trekked through Egypt and other Muslim countries to reach Israel over the past few years. Many are looking for work, while others are seeking political asylum.

Cash, plane ticket

A Jerusalem court has ruled that some 4 500 migrants, mostly from South Sudan, Ivory Coast and Mali, are to be expelled.

Interior ministry spokesperson Sabine Hadad said on Friday that those who willingly leave within the next week or two will receive cash incentives of $1 200 and a plane ticket. She said that otherwise, they will be expelled.

Earlier, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said it would take months to expel them.

He told Israel Radio that that a tent city and holding facilities are being built for other migrants who are living in major population centres. He said they will receive food and health care and will have good living conditions there.

Because many are from Sudan, an enemy of Israel, and Eritrea, a country with a flawed human rights record, the line between refugees and economic migrants is blurred. Therefore, Israel has quietly allowed most migrants from those two countries to stay without processing their asylum applications.

Jewish character

Yishai warned that an influx of migrants could destroy Israel's Jewish character. In some places, entire neighbourhoods are inhabited by migrants. Tensions are high in southern Tel Aviv, where a series of rapes, robberies and violence have been blamed on the Africans, sparking protests.

Police say the crime rate among the migrants is lower than for Israelis.

Court decisions are pending regarding migrants from other African countries, mainly Eritrea and Sudan.
The migrants infiltrate Israel's porous border with Egypt, exploiting the widespread lawlessness in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

Israel is erecting a barrier along the roughly 200km border with Egypt. But the migrants continue to arrive at a rate of about 1 000 a month, and some report being raped, tortured and extorted by the Arab Bedouins who smuggle them through.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-06-08 23:16

    Now 60 000, tomorrow 6 million, that's how they multiply, ask any South African. Go back to your own countries, we don't want you!!!

      bryan.billy2 - 2012-06-09 04:24

      nobody has plc on earth may b under earth surface, ddnt say so God wl punish u.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-06-08 23:34

    Comming from from a descendant of the indeginous inhabitants of the southern most part of Afrika (the khoisan), you lot that's fighting over my land should get your act together or the lot of you should herd back together from whence you came!!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-09 00:51

      But life originates in Africa for all humans, plus most of us are mixes. You can't just decide a cut-off date for when history should be relevant

      Ted - 2012-06-09 03:37

      I understand the Khoisan are originally from a group of islands of which Roben Island is the most prominent today. Infact they occupied a larger area towards the South Pole. Rock paintings were found near the South Pole but hey depicted whales and porpoises. They were Eskimo-like. While the rest were coming from the North, they were coming from the South. We actually need more Nandos on this issue.

      SaintBruce - 2012-06-09 13:35

      Knowledge is very useful so understanding that the Khoisan were a Nomadic peoples means that they never owned any land, simply used the land they were on and moved with migratory / seasonal food sources just like the Aboriginals, Bedouins, Eskimos, Strandlopers, Red Indians and others. Land ownership is a European concept that they learned from the Chinese before them. To corral or lock in the above types of peoples is so contrary to their nomadic nature as to be cruel and they still resist such steps today! Back from whence we came? That's a good one. According to some prominent theories the Cradle of Human Kind is close to the West Rand in Gauteng! I'd say I am back from a long journey via Africa, the Middle East up to the Caucasus mountains in Russia, across to Norway, then Scotland, down into England, back to France, back to Scotland, across to Canada and finally down to South Africa to "come home from whence we ALL came" ! Any arguments now?

  • Jameel - 2012-06-09 00:12

    Easy to let go of something that you never worked for, i mean American tax payers money

      Honker - 2012-06-10 14:03

      You've got that right. Without the US taxpayer money that is given so freely to Israel, it might have collapsed quite some time ago. The Obama Administration’s FY2013 budget request includes $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing for Israel and $15 million for refugee resettlement, a new report by the Congressional Research Service has revealed. Report available here:

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-09 00:52

    A reaeonable gesture. Perhaps spare those who have nowhere else to go. After all, that's how Israel was founded

  • Ertra - 2012-06-09 03:05

    Sad for Jews to go this low, as if immigration is a new phenomena that hits them first. Go to any country and you will find millions of immigrants, many of them JEW. Is it time to deport every Jew back to Israel?

  • bryan.billy2 - 2012-06-09 04:27

    we dnt mind abt Israel ts usual ey ar tribalic nd bully, make sure ey also not cum in africa evn in future.

  • Riffak - 2012-06-09 05:13

    i love this idea. if its the only way to get rid of these people, do it

  • Barefoot - 2012-06-09 05:27

    anyone thinking of buying a one way plane ticket to Israel? they a offering to bring you back and give you money to spend!

  • fletterjes.vandouronner - 2012-06-09 06:30

    Whaaaatttttt = unreal = do you guys remember the Holocaust at all????

  • Imtiaz - 2012-06-09 06:55

    They allow jews from around the world to come settle there and give them free houses, cars and money to start up so why don't the do the same for african refugees. Oh I forgot they an APARTHEID state

      Audrey - 2012-06-09 07:36

      Because they are JEWISH... does that not make sense to you????? not AFRICANS FLEEING from their war torn countries.

      Michael - 2012-06-10 13:20

      islam is an apartheid state

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 20:49

      the jews build the africans - i will leave that to your imagination

      Sharon - 2012-06-15 18:50

      have the arabs done it

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-09 07:05

    Please report the facts as they are. these are illegal aliens who have crossed the border from Egypt (this border was never fenced since the peace treaty was signed with Egypt in 1978). The illegal aliens are going to be deported no matter what (unlike South Africa, all other countries do not allow illegal immigrants to remain in their countries). they have been given an option to leave on their own accord and benefit from a sum of money to have at least something.(which Israel does not owe them). There is nothing racist about denying entry to illegal immigrants, but off course there are people on this forum which have already drawn this worn-out card. Kadwa, you do realize that if I go back to Israel there will be several of your brothers who will have to look for jobs...

      nick.athinodorou - 2012-06-09 08:11

      A good point. All the critics on here seem to forget that the defining fact here is that those people are in the country illegally. Illegal migrants in SA are subject to xenophobic attacks and killed. Quite frankly it shows clearly which country is barbaric and which is civilised. I do wonder though why they chose to go to lsrael rather than those states that are akin to paradise such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or even Eqypt?

      Michael - 2012-06-10 13:22

      Jewish people are so ambiguous.

  • mkyounus - 2012-06-09 08:00

    well apartheid israel definitely lives up to its name!!!!

  • Tawizee - 2012-06-09 08:25

    Is this how u treat refugees fleeing from war, genocides etc? What happened to humanity?

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-09 10:07

      War in Sudan is over - now they get 1200$, which is R10200 to go back home. No other nation on earth has done this to “illegal immigrants”. If anything Israel shows how their humanity trumps any others in the rest of the world. You need a visa to go to Israel - without it they could kick you out - now they give you money to start a new life. Do you realise what R10000 could help you buy in Sudan! Israel is amazing and all these pro Palestine Islamics on here could try as much as you want – but the truth remains, Israel is a good place – and you Islamics are just racist and jealous of the Israeli success story. LOL Muslims want to find asylum in Israel; out of 50 Arab/Muslim countries they go for the only tiny jewish one- Amazing

      Larry - 2012-06-09 14:56

      We must all celebrate Jewish humanitarian efforts.

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 20:51

      why didnt they stay in egypt if israel is so bad

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-09 09:08

    Fact is,wherever jews settle they create industries,they provide employment to the populace and become active in the affairs of any state they settle in and are law abiding taxpaying citizens.Can the same be said about african refugees? They on the otherhand,are enriching themselves,to the expense of the local populace,they don't pay taxes,they enrich themselves through criminal activities,in short,african refugees do not contribute to the welfare of their host nations,but are a financial burden to the host taxpayer and infrastructure of the host nation,and in the end it is always imperialism and colonialism that is to blame for their predicament and not the bad leadership they themselves has elected in some cases.Never in the history of mankind has any nation being prosecuted like such as the jews and yet they always rise from the ashes to prominence.Israel will rule the world as it is foretold in the scriptures.

      Larry - 2012-06-10 08:30

      Israel is not going anywhere.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-06-09 10:56

    Yes Jews, kick the lazy wanna be spoon feed africans. War is over in Sudan.\r\nTo you illegal immigrants, come back home, let's work hard and make Africa a prosperous continent, let's go to school, let's learn skills, let's open businesses,let's create a better africa for our kids.

  • Jerzy - 2012-06-09 11:35

    Is this the same tax that says Turkey is a third world country. How can we take you seriously when you make idiotic statements like that

  • lizzie.inja - 2012-06-09 12:04

    Israel is one of the MOST CORRUPT countries on the planet; they are known as a country where sex for sale thrives and young women are trafficked into Israel and held captive as sex slaves. Remember Israel, if you live in a glass house you should not throw stones!!!!!!!

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 20:53

      you on tik o or belong to the ancyl

  • - 2012-06-09 20:42

    Diamonds only.

  • Jipsoni - 2012-06-10 00:23

    I truly wish the USA would do the same!!!!!

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