The France 24 website reports today (May 25, 2012) that violence broke out as several hundred people demonstrated in Tel Aviv, Israel on the evening of May 23 against the sizable community of African immigrants in the city.
Following the violence, five demonstrators were arrested.
People shouted xenophobic slogans -- such as "blacks out" -- and chided the "bleeding heart leftists" who defend immigrants.
In recent years, some 60,000 Africans -- mostly from Sudan and Eritrea -- have slipped over the border into Israel from Egypt. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week, "illegal immigration from Africa...threatens the foundation of Israeli society, national security, and national identity."