Netanyahu: African migrants will be deported in ´humane´ fashion (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid 06/18/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Israel´s immigration police
on Sunday, ahead of the first deportation of South Sudanese migrants,
adding that the move to expel the migrants would be conducted in
keeping with Jewish "humane" tradition.
The first flight carrying migrant workers back to South Sudan is
scheduled to leave Sunday night, with 120 passengers on board. But
officials at the Saharonim detention center say they see no signs of
impending movement from the intended passengers, all of whom
have "volunteered" to return to Africa, according to the Interior
Government officials say the group will be brought to Ben-Gurion
International Airport tonight, where they will receive immunizations
before boarding a Bulgarian passenger plane leased by the state,
accompanied by representatives from South Sudan.
Referring to the upcoming deportation, Netanyahu praised immigration
police at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, saying they "are
doing important work under less than simple circumstances."
"I urge them to continue their humane conduct and would also request
public figures do the same with the steps they take and the remarks
they make," Netanyahu said, adding: "We have a Jewish tradition of
treating foreigners in a humane manner to safe hold."
The premier also said that the deportations will be carried out in
a "restrained, meaningful, and ordinary manner, while safeguarding
[the migrants´] dignity."
The Interior Ministry´s immigration authority said on Thursday that
it would extend the deadline for South Sudanese to apply for
voluntary repatriation in return for a cash allowance - $1,300 for
adults and $500 for minors. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/18/12)
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