Tikva Councillor: Rage Born from Years of Frustration (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn05/24/12)
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Gal Sharabi of the Tikva neighborhood in south Tel Aviv told Arutz
Sheva that the violence that boiled over following a rally to deport
illegal immigrants comes after "years of frustration."
"If this demonstration achieved its goal or not, I don´t know. We
will have to look to the coming days," Sharabi, who represents his
neighborhood on the Tel Aviv city council, said. "Today people have
no income and no apartments. Illegal aliens have taken over the whole
"The Tikva neighborhood has become a city of illegal immigrants.
People are afraid to walk the streets at night," he added.
"We are not racists. In fact, our children learn in schools with
children of illegal immigrants. But recently, the violence by illegal
aliens has increased.
"They purchase homes at inflated prices because they live ten in a
room and have no problem paying. It raises the prices, and the young
couples cannot afford apartment. They open businesses without a
permits, and it takes away a lot of jobs.
"But most of the anger comes from crime and violence," he said.
Sharabi says Wednesday night´s rally is the first time he saw real
anger burning in the eyes of his constituents.
"It´s not racism, but a very bad feeling that you have lost your
home," he said. "People who were born here cannot live here anymore."
"What happened after last night´s demonstration was not good. We are
against violence," he said. "But the government must step in and take
responsibility for south Tel Aviv."
"I just hope this doesn´t herald a long wave of violence," Sharabi
Over 1,000 gathered for a rally in the Tikva neighborhood to demand
the government enforce immigration laws and begin deporting illegal
After the rally some protesters smashed windows, lit garbage cans on
fire, and damaged a car that had three illegal aliens in it. No one
was hurt in the incident. On Thursday police arrested 12 people on
suspicion of attacking the vehicle, and running riot.
Left-wing politicians and activists used the incident to mount calls
for an investigation into several nationalist lawmakers who spoke at
the rally for incitement.
However, witnesses say the vast majority of protesters who attended
the rally both arrived and departed peacefully.
Nonetheless, Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin – who acknowledged the
serious illegal immigration problem Israel faces – called on
lawmakers to "guard their words" and instead focus on formulating a
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday promised deportations
would begin “soon.”
Meanwhile, two illegal aliens from Africa were indicted on Thursday
for the brutal rape of an Israeli woman in south Tel Aviv over the
weekend. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/24/12)
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