Sunday, November 24, 2013

Israel Approves New Measures to Deport Africans; Claims Africans Are Threat to Its Jewish Character

The Israeli cabinet today (November 24, 2013) approved new measures to begin deporting thousands of Africans who illegally entered the country and who are perceived by it as being a threat to its Jewish character, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.

A statement from the prime minister's office said that beyond the measures -- which include a crackdown on employers and financial incentives for home-bound Africans -- the interior ministry has drafted a bill that would enable detainment of illegal migrants for one year without a trial.

The new bill -- which will be brought before parliament on November 25 for an initial hearing and vote -- was formulated after a previous law from 2012 allowing the three-year detainment without a trial of illegals was overturned by Israel's supreme court in September.

"The new decisions include combined actions designed to encourage illegal migrants to leave Israel and return to their countries of origin, increase personal security for residents of Israel, and reduce the presence of migrants in city centers," the prime minister's office said.

Human rights groups say that the majority of African migrants in Israel cannot be deported, because of threats to their lives in many of their native countries, such as Sudan and Eritrea.

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