Minister: Israel taking steps to deport infiltrators (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV, JPOST.COM STAFF 05/21/12)
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Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman on Monday said that Israel is taking
steps to deport infiltrators from Israel, adding that all branches of
government are working to eliminate the "scourge" from the country.
Speaking at a law conference in Eilat, Neeman said that Israel is
employing a multi-pronged strategy, which includes "building of a
fence along the Egyptian border, which is in its final stages... the
deportation of migrants... and the establishment of facilities to
house them until they can be dealt with."
"Israel is taking steps to kick the infiltrators out of Israel at the
first available opportunity," Neeman said, adding his hope that they
would be returned to either their home countries or to third-party
Also Monday, in a stormy meeting of the Knesset Committee on Foreign
Workers, MKs slammed government and court policy on foreign
infiltrators, demanding a solution to influx of African migrants in
south Tel Aviv.
The session opened with the lone voice in support of the
infiltrators, committee chairman MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who
condemned the government as racist, calling for a "new, responsible
policy" to cope with the problem. "Your right-wing government has not
done anything except make racist statements," Horowitz said, calling
existing policy a "total failure" and placing blame on Interior
Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) for the problem.
The rest of the Knesset committee displayed less sympathy for the
migrants than Horowitz, with MK Danny Danon (Likud) calling
them "enemies," MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) saying they represent
a "social time-bomb," and MK Dov Henin (Hadash) calling the situation
a "crisis" and a "catastrophe."
The committee invited Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor Meital Lehavi to give
input on the situation in the southern part of her city. "The
refugees settled in weaker places where they can live for less
money," she said. "I have no doubt that the best thing to do is to
move them to places around Israel and not keep them in the weak
places like south Tel Aviv."
Police representatives at the committee were pessimistic about the
prospect of solving the issue, saying that they are reinforcing the
problem areas with extra units, but adding that there is no solution
in the foreseeable future. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/21/12)
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