Israel rounds up African migrants

2012-06-11 16:00

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.

  • Jameel - 2012-06-11 16:05

    Is it then ok for all the Jews to be rounded up and sent back to there so called promised land

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-06-11 17:12

      Don't be daft! Israelis entering any country are deemed beneficial to said country and cannot be compared to common squatters devouring resources like hungry locusts on a use-now-pay-never plan! Think for once in you miserable life, man!!

      jenny.isserow - 2012-06-11 17:15

      if that be the case, judging by your name you should return back to your promised land ....... which is???????

      Phae - 2012-06-11 17:25

      If they are illegal immigrants in other countries? Absolutely!

      Kolobe - 2012-06-11 17:36

      lets do that

      Julio - 2012-06-11 17:49

      Yes if they are here illigally.

      steve.dupreez - 2012-06-11 17:58

      JAmeel is obviously Moslem. What about all the "aliens" in South Africe? Live here for 6 months and then claim "rights" that the SA tax payer must foot the bill for. As if it is not enough that our own government employess steal us blind and broke.

      Jameel - 2012-06-11 18:50

      SteveDupree- Israel receives more money "donations" from the United Snakes then the whole of Africa put together, whys that? Where the equality in that for the dark skinned folks

      Sharon - 2012-06-11 20:33

      kameel,we dont stay in other countries illegally,and the countries we stay in we uplift,we dont beg from their governments,we dont steal we dont rape and unlike you lot we dont force our religeon on others,so put that in your pipe and smoke it

      Rob - 2012-06-12 08:52

      Well @ least the Israeli public are not attacking them & setting them alight. They are, as one would expect, dealing with this situation in a very civilised manner.

      briek.lig - 2012-06-17 06:28

      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 !!!!!!

  • Loo - 2012-06-11 16:15

    NANDO's in action LOL

      Loo - 2012-06-11 16:19

      Once a migrator always a migrator hehhe.

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