Interior Minister: We will fine mayors who employ African migrants (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Ophir Bar-Zohar and Jonathan Lis 05/25/12)
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Interior Minister Eli Yishai said on Thursday that he plans to fine
mayors of Israeli cities who employ migrant workers.
Yishai told Israel´s Channel 2 news that authorities that employ
infiltrators will be "personally fined."
"We will also start to enforce this so that they do not employ
infiltrators. They will employ Israelis instead, the place of
infiltrators is in the countries that they came from," the interior
Yishai added that he condemns the behavior of members of Knesset over
the past day: "The struggle would have been handled much better
without the unnecessary fervor of politicians over the past day," he
Those close to Yishai explained that until now, the policy of fining
city mayors had only been used against municipal heads who were found
guilty of unlawful expenses, such as embezzlement.
Yishai will send out a letter this coming week to city mayors, in
which he will instruct them pay heed to an interior ministry circular
from 2011 over the employment of migrant workers.
The Tel Aviv municipality said in response that, "The municipality
does not employ illegal infiltrators and has even approached
contracting companies it works with to request they act according to
the law, and not employ infiltrators."
Meanwhile, more than 1,100 people signed a letter distributed by the
head of the Peace Now organization Yariv Oppenheimer, demanding a
criminal investigation of the MKs who addressed the anti-migrant
protest in in Tel Aviv´s Hatikva neighborhood on Wednesday.
The letter, which was addressed to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein,
urged a criminal investigation against Likud MKs, including Miri
Regev, Danny Danon and Yariv Levin.
"It is clear to us that our request is unusual, but the situation is
unusual….. and dangerous," the letter said. "Without the active and
decisive action of law enforcement agencies, including starting
proceedings against the members of Knesset who stand at the top of
the wave of agitation, the speeches and slander will translate into
real harm to human life."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu condemned the actions of
demonstrators and Knesset members on Wednesday, when demonstrators
attacked African migrants in South Tel Aviv.
President Shimon Peres said on Thursday that "hatred of foreigners
contradicts the foundations of Judaism."
Meanwhile, dozens of Israelis and Africans demonstrated in south Tel
Aviv against Wednesday´s anti-migrant violence on Thursday evening.
In Jerusalem, some 150 people demonstrated outside the Prime
Minister´s Residence. An additional protest against incitement to
violence against migrants is planned to take place on Friday. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/25/12)
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