Israeli minister red-faced after migrant video mistake

2015-08-12 11:04
(Gali Tibbon, AFP)

(Gali Tibbon, AFP)

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

Jerusalem - Israel's controversial justice minister on Wednesday admitted her mistake after posting a video online purporting to show a black migrant attacking a resident when the footage was apparently recorded in another country.

Ayelet Shaked posted the video on her Facebook page on Tuesday as the High Court was poised to rule on a law related to illegal immigrants with the aim of showing the "intolerable" situation facing residents of southern Tel Aviv.

"There was indeed an error," Shaked, of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told army radio, adding she had removed the video from her page.

Some local media reported that the video had been recorded in Turkey.

Many migrants entering Israel illegally from Africa live in poor neighbourhoods in southern Tel Aviv.

Same mistakes

Some residents have reacted angrily to their presence, and Shaked, known for her right-wing political stances, has taken a hard line against illegal immigrants.

It is not the first time Shaked has sparked controversy with a Facebook post.

Last year, she endorsed an article written in 2002 that labelled Palestinian militants as "snakes", described "the entire Palestinian people (as) the enemy" and said anyone supporting terror should be killed.

The post quickly disappeared from her Facebook page, but not before it was reported by the Israeli media.

Israel's top court on Tuesday overturned a provision of a law that would have allowed illegal immigrants to be held for up to 20 months without trial.

The court ruled that 20 months was a "disproportionate" period, though other provisions in the law were approved.

Official figures show that nearly 50 000 Africans are in Israel illegally, mostly from Eritrea, which is regularly accused of human rights abuses, and from war-ravaged South Sudan.

Read more on:    israel  |  migrants

Join the conversation! 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 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.