Netanyahu: Deportations to Begin ´Soon´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/24/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday vowed to begin
enforcing Israel’s immigration laws and deporting illegal
"The problem of illegal immigration to Israel must be solved and we
will solve it," Netanyahu said. "We will complete the construction of
the [Sinai border] fence within a few months, and we will start
returning illegal aliens to their countries of origin soon."
"However," Netanyahu said in reference to violence that erupted
following a rally in south Tel Aviv demanding deportations begin. "I
want to clarify that there is no place for the statements or actions
that we saw last night."
"I say this publicly and openly," he said. "Residents of southern Tel
Aviv: I understand your frustration. But, we must solve the problem
in a responsible manner."
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 people calling for immigration laws to
be enforced demonstrated at the corner of Irgun and Haganah in the
southern Tel Aviv neighborhood of Hatikva.
During the rally, MK Danny Danon – who chairs the Knesset committee
tasked with preventing illegal immigration to Israel – declared to
demonstrators, "The state of Israel is at war with an enemy state
that has formed within Israel and has its capital in southern Tel
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.
Witnesses say vast majority of those who attended the rally both
arrived and departed peacefully, despite the deep frustration felt by
Late last year, Netanyahu – who has described the deluge of illegal
aliens in Israel a "national catastrophe" and "demographic threat" –
said he would travel to Africa to meet with leaders and arrange for
the safe return of their nationals currently in Israel.
Israel, a small nation of some 8 million people – of whom 75% are
Jewish – does not have the capacity to absorb large numbers of non-
Jewish immigrants or refugees while at the same time ensuring the
Jewish character of the state.
Israel´s left has derided attempts to deport illegal aliens
as ´racism´ and ´incitement,´ and argued that returning African
refugees to their countries – especially Sudanese nationals – would
endanger their lives.
However, discussions between the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney
General this week concluded that in most cases illegal aliens from
Africa can be safely returned to their countries of origin.
Israel´s state prosecutor has been tasked with investigating the
circumstances of illegal aliens who do claim to be legitimate
refugees on a case by case basis. However, most illegal aliens come
to Israel seeking work and do not qualify as refugees.
Like Netanyahu, Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin called on lawmakers
to "guard their words" and avoid statements on emotionally charged
social issues that could inflame passions.
He singled out MK Miri Regev – who also spoke at Wednesday’s rally –
as an example of a lawmaker vigorously working to force the
government to establish clear policies and working solutions on the
problem of illegal aliens in Israel.
Meanwhile, Tivka neighborhood Councilor Gal Sharabi said Thursday
marked the first time he had seen true anger burning in his
neighbor´s eyes. He cited years of frustration and rising violence by
illegal immigrants as the reason tensions finally boiled over.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/24/12)
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