Social activists rally in support of refugees (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Gilad Morag Published: 04.27.12, 23:18)
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Some 200 activist protest against hurling of Molotov cocktails at
houses of asylum seekers in Tel Aviv´s Shapira neighborhood. ´This
place has been forsaken in the hands of racist KKK groups, who wish
to terrorize innocent people,´ says activist
Some 200 social activists on Friday protested in Tel Aviv´s Shapira
neighborhood after Molotov cocktails were thrown at four apartments
where African asylum seekers reside, including an apartment used as a
daycare center for children.
Maya, one of the activists who rallied in support of the asylum
seekers, said: "We came here to try to calm the spirits down, and
help the victims of these attacks feel that there are other people
who do not carry messages of hate."
Another activist noted that Thursday´s incident "stemmed from a
feeling of frustration and helplessness harbored by the residents of
the neighborhood, who are rightfully angry at the government for
neglecting their neighborhood. But on the other hand there are the
refugees, who are also suffering.
"This area is becoming hell," the activist noted, adding that "the
two sides need to level their criticism at those who are responsible,
instead of blaming each other. The government needs to give
alternatives and address these problems – otherwise the situation
will deteriorate," he said.
Shapira resident Lior Levy said he came out to show solidarity with
the refugees. "Many of the residents demand to have them deported,
mainly for racist reasons. These are helpless people. This
neighborhood was forsaken in the hands of racist groups like the KKK,
who wish to terrorize innocent people.
Baso, 26, from Sudan, said he does not believe the police will do
anything because "they think in the same manner as the people who did
it. They probably think we shouldn’t be here," he said.
Another neighborhood resident, who is originally from Ethiopian
descent, told Ynet: "I am a Jew, but I look Sudanese because of my
skin color. I notice the stares every time I walk down the street.
There is indiscriminate racism around here. The establishment screwed
over the veteran residents, and now they have someone to blame it on –
it´s like a vicious cycle – a barrel of explosives that will
Meanwhile, other residents said that while they don´t condone the
act, they themselves are the true victims of the situation. "We are
the ones suffering from violent acts, not them," said veteran
neighborhood resident Dorit. "We are scared to cross the street or
send our children to the playground on their own. There is a lot of
violence going on between the refugees," she said.
Another resident added: "We are not a sewer, where you discard of all
the refugees. Scatter them all over the country and let us live in
"We object to violence and racism, but these activists have the nerve
to come here and accuse us of racism. The residents here suffer from
rising levels of crime and violence. This has nothing to do with
racism – it has everything to do with the fact that the government
threw all its problems on us. As it is this neighborhood has been
neglected for many years," she said. Omri Ephraim contributed to this
report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/27/12)
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