Tel Aviv residents form group to press for deportation of African migrants (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Ilan Lior 07/13/12)
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Dozens of residents of south Tel Aviv and activists from other cities
convened on Thursday to urge the government to deport all African
migrants. But the organizers stressed that they oppose violence,
deeming it both wrong and counterproductive.
"It was very hard for me at first to say ´expulsion,´" said attorney
Ronit Cohen-Oren of Tel Aviv. "But people forget that human rights
don´t belong only to those who come here as guests; they are also the
rights of those who live here."
Yesterday´s event was the first organized by the Action Committee to
Remove the Infiltrators, a new group set up to unite activists from
all towns with a high concentration of African migrants.
MK Danny Danon (Likud ) told the assembled activists that the goal
was to deport all the migrants. "We´re here today to send a clear
message that this situation can´t continue," he said. "This isn´t a
problem of Hatikva or Neveh Sha´anan [south Tel Aviv neighborhoods],
but of the State of Israel."
Shlomo Maslawy, chairman of the Hatikva neighborhood committee and a
Tel Aviv city councilman from the Likud party, said that while dozens
of migrants have been deported recently, "at the same time, hundreds
entered, and thousands more will come."
He said the organization is planning many activities aimed at
returning the issue to the public agenda, including tours of south
Tel Aviv for politicians, a big demonstration in Jerusalem, and
efforts to dissuade apartment owners from renting to migrants. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 07/13/12)
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