Proposed Law: Sanctions on Infiltrators who Transfer Money (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/09/12)
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The Ministry of Justice published on Sunday a memorandum of a bill
aimed at preventing infiltration into Israel.
The proposed bill is designed to deal with the economic incentive
related to the phenomenon of infiltration into Israel, by making it a
criminal prohibition for infiltrators to transfer funds abroad,
either themselves or through others.
The bill proposes that the penalty for transferring money abroad by
infiltrators will be six months imprisonment or a fine of 29,200
shekels. The penalty for a person who will assist an infiltrator in
transferring money aboard will be one year´s imprisonment or a fine
of 29,200 shekels, or twice the amount he intended to help the
infiltrator take out of Israel.
The prohibition would not apply to people who have been recognized as
refugees, or to approved special humanitarian cases.
The Ministry of Justice noted that in recent years the State of
Israel has been dealing with a wave of infiltrators from Africa, and
that currently an estimated 60,000 infiltrators are in Israel. It is
believed, based in part on the findings of interviews conducted by
the National Immigration Authority with infiltrators upon entering
Israel, that a large number of infiltrators are people who look for
work in Israel and plan to subsequently transfer money to their
relatives who they left behindin their countries of origin.
Israel recently launched an operation dubbed “Going Home”, which
combines a police crackdown with financial incentives for illegal
infiltrators who leave by choice. Two flights carrying 144 illegal
entrants back to South Sudan have already left Israel.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened an additional
discussion on the issue of the handling of illegal work infiltrators.
Participants in the discussion were presented with updated
infiltration data according to which, 11 infiltrators were detained
last weekend and 129 since the beginning of the month. All of the
infiltrators were put in detention at the Saharonim facility in
accordance with the new infiltrators law which allows detention up to
928 infiltrators were detained in June and 2031 in May. In June of
last year, 1,213 infiltrators crossed the border.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai has instructed the Department of
Immigration and Population to begin repatriating illegal alien
infiltrators from the Ivory Coast.
A court ruling has allowed illegal entrants with Ivory Coast
citizenship to be deported from Israel. The court ruled in the case
of 132 illegal entrants who appealed their expulsion from the country.
The roughly 2,000 Ivory Coast citizens in Israel were previous
granted protection from deportation because their home country was
considered a conflict zone. However, their status changed as the
situation calmed. The president of Ivory Coast has agreed to their
Israel’s main problem remains illegal infiltrators from Eritrea and
North Sudan, who make up the bulk of the number of illegal
The UN Human Rights Council recently said that Eritrea was among the
worst human rights offenders in Africa, with as many as 10,000
political prisoners held in prisons.
In the wake of the comments, officials in Israel said that the
country would have a much harder time repatriating Eritreans.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/09/12)
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