´Minister Yishai is inciting racism´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 05.16.12, 15:23)
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Relief organizations slam interior minister for labeling entire
foreign workers, refugee community as criminals based on recent
"Minister Yishai is exploiting isolated criminal incidents to stain
an entire population," Michal Pinchuk, director of the ASSAF refugee
aid organization, said Wednesday.
Pinchuk´s comment followed a statement made by the interior minister
in an interview with Army Radio, where he said that "most African
refugees are criminals," ading they should be jailed or placed in
detention facilities and encouraged to leave the country.
Pinchuk blamed Yishai for legitimizing racism, saying such remarks
lead the way to atrocious acts against asylum seekers. "Since it is
impossible to deport all refugees and asylum seekers, it is the
government´s duty to create a policy that allows them to live in
honor," said Pinchuk.
The Migrant Workers´ Hotline also commented on Yishai´s remarks: "It
is regretful that an Israeli minister abuses the situation and makes
such a a racist statement." The hotline´s comment noted
that "isolated incidents should not be used as grounds for collective
punishment against an entire group."
Asylum seekers´ advocate Dr. Rami Godovich said "we must not forget
that the distress of the residence of poor neighborhoods is eminent,
and caused directly from governmental neglect. Yishai is part of this
Godovich also explained that since the refugees are not allowed to
work, "the criminal and marginal elements among them are
strengthened, hurting both locals and refugees." (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 05/16/12)
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