The question of what to do with African 'refugees' in south Tel Aviv is a burning one for the predominantly Mizrahi residents, as they are the primary victims of local criminal activity and rape. Report on Netanyahu's tour of the area by Arutz Sheva (with thanks: Simone):
Netanyahu: 'Residents are afraid to leave their homes'
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured south Tel Aviv on Thursday
afternoon and promised residents that he would take action to return
illegal infiltrators to their home countries or other countries willing
to receive them. Although his government built a fence to keep
additional illegals out, there are close to 40,000 who managed to enter
Israel before the fence was completed.
"We are here on the mission to bring the citizens of Israel back to
south Tel Aviv. I listened to all the residents, and what I hear is pain
and distress," Netanyahu said.
The Prime Minister toured south Tel Aviv against the backdrop of a Supreme Court ruling
that illegal infiltrators cannot be detained indefinitely for refusing
to be voluntarily deported. He promised to set up a ministerial
committee to resolve the situation.
Netanyahu was joined by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Culture
and Sports Minister Miri Regev, and MK Miri Ohana (Likud). Earlier,
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely visited south Tel Aviv and spoke
Minister Regev said that the infiltrators are not refugees. "People
who arrive here by passing through two countries (the infiltrators reach
Israel by way of Egypt and the Sinai, ed.) are not refugees. They are
infiltrators. It is the residents of south Tel Aviv who have become
refugees in their own country."
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