Netanyahu: No room for violence (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.24.12, 19:23)
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Prime minister comments on violent protest against African migrants
in south Tel Aviv, says ´we will solve infiltration problem in a
A day after protesters rallied on the streets of south Tel Aviv
against the government´s handling of the flow of African migrants
into Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the
issue, saying that the infiltration problem must be stopped.
Meeting with children from the Jordan Valley in his office in Tel
Aviv, Netanyahu said that the construction of the fence along the
Egyptian border will be completed in several months, after which
Israel will begin returning infiltrators to their countries of origin.
Netanyahu also addressed the controversial comments made by three
Knesset members who attended the protest, and the acts of violence
perpetrated by some of the protesters, saying that "there is no room
for the type of statements and acts we witnessed yesterday.
"I say this to public officials as well as the residents of south Tel
Aviv, whose pain I understand; we will solve the problem, and we will
do so in a responsible manner."
´Like a Holocaust movie´
Meanwhile, some 200 people gathered in Tel Aviv Thursday evening to
protest against the events of the previous day.
"I cam here because what is happening is pure incitement to violence.
People are being fed false information about the refugees, who are
lovely people," said Yael Weisbach, an activist with the Marak
Levinsky ("Levinsky Soup"), a project that distributes hot meals to
"I never encountered an act of violence or sexual innuendoes on their
part. The violent protest on Wednesday was like a scene out of a
Holocaust movie, no less. Hating the other because of the color of
their skin is simply a blood libel; we are losing our values," she
One of the protest organizers told Ynet that while a solution must be
found to the problem of immigration and refugees, "It cannot be in
the form of incitement and violence toward citizens, refugees and
"This summer we had a social protest movement – no protest movement
can ignore the racism and oppression inside the state of Israel.
Battling racism is an integral part of the road to change," the
organizer said. Gilad Morag contributed to this report (Copyright
2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/24/12)
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