TA anti-African rally ends in rioting, assaults (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN, JPOST.COM STAFF 05/24/12)
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Police arrested a total of 17 people during and after a protest
against African migrants in south Tel Aviv Wednesday night. The
arrests were made for rioting, attempted assault, possession of
knives and looting store fronts.
Among those arrested were 11 minors and six adults.
Additionally, two Sudanese nationals lodged complaints with police
over physical assaults.
Protesters gathered Wednesday across the country to protest the
growing influx of African infiltrators in Israel. Over 1,000 people
attended the demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood,
holding signs calling for the deportation of the migrants, one of
which read “Bibi [Netanyahu] decide – Sudan or Israel.” Similar
demonstrations were held in Eilat, Bnei Brak, Sderot, Ashdod and
A car containing three African migrants in Tel Aviv was set upon by a
group of demonstrators, who smashed its windows and headlights.
Police arrived and pushed back the rioters, and the vehicle left the
area. The car’s occupants were unharmed.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police forces were on standby
in Tel Aviv and other cities to ensure that violent disturbances do
Speaking at the rally in south Tel Aviv late Wednesday, MK Danny
Danon (Likud), chairman of the “Deportation Now” movement, called for
the immediate expulsion of African migrants from Israel.
Danon said: “The infiltrators are a national plague and we must
deport them immediately before it’s too late – the Sudanese can go
back to Sudan and the rest should be deported to other countries in
Africa and Eastern Europe.”
Danon added that “the State of Israel is engaged in a war against an
enemy state composed of infiltrators and located within Israel. Its
capital is south Tel Aviv. ‘Deportation Now’ is the only solution.”
Also Wednesday, police announced that they arrested a gang of eleven
youths from south Tel Aviv on suspicion of launching a series of
assaults on African migrants in the area.
Police believe the suspects, nine of whom are minors, assaulted the
migrants, and used clubs and pepper spray in some of the attacks.
The Tel Aviv Juvenile Magistrate´s Court extended the remand of six
suspects by a day, and two adult suspects will appear before a court
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein informed Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu on Wednesday that he believes Israel can legally begin to
detain and deport infiltrators from Sudan.
Nonprofit organizations working with the African migrant community
had contended that Israel could not legally deport thousands of
African refugees, asylum seekers and infiltrators as long as it is
still party to an international convention on refugee rights.
The Justice Ministry released a statement saying that it had
consulted with the Foreign Ministry and come to the conclusion that
the Sudanese infiltrators were not eligible for asylum and they could
be returned to South Sudan.
The ministry added that it would soon request the Jerusalem District
Court drop a temporary injunction against taking South Sudanese
citizens into custody. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/24/12)
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