Israeli Lawmakers Approve Harsh Penalties for Illegal Migrants, Israelis Who Help Them

Washington Post, January 10, 2012

Israel’s parliament on Tuesday approved harsh new penalties on illegal migrants and Israelis who help them, building on other contentious measures designed to stanch the flood of Africans seeking sanctuary here.

The bill allows imprisonment of illegal migrants for an unlimited time without trial. People caught helping them could face prison terms of up to 15 years.

Critics deplore the new law as an unconstitutional trampling of human rights. They accuse the government of failing to formulate a coherent, humane policy on illegal migration that would address an issue that has become increasingly urgent over the years.

“I am not familiar with a Western country that allows such a law,” said Asaf Weipzen, a lawyer for the Hotline for Migrant Workers, an advocacy group. Detentions in other countries are finite, and the European Union, for example, has an 18-month limit on incarceration, Weipzen said.

Africans began trickling into Israel through its porous southern border with Egypt’s Sinai desert after Egyptian security forces violently quashed a demonstration by a group of Sudanese refugees in 2005.

The number of migrants surged as word spread of safety and job opportunities in the relatively prosperous Jewish state. The government estimates 50,000 Africans—the overwhelming majority from Sudan and Eritrea—have illegally entered Israel since.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has called the swelling number of illegal migrants a “national scourge,” voted for the bill.

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  • Anonymous

    Frankly, I imagine nothing will come of this legislation. The whole world is watching Israel and the world is already prejudiced against Israel. In order to remove illegal aliens, the only effective method is to round ’em up and kick ’em out. This method takes force, and the use of force brings controversy. I imagine these aliens will simply reside in Israel in legal limbo.

    • Anonymous

      Israel doesn’t care about outside opinion, because nobody will do anything. No one is going to bring sanctions against Israel or do anything besides a public disapproval which is meaningless. There’s been plenty of criticism over it building settlements in Palestinian lands but again, Israel will do what it wants.

      • Anonymous

        If Israel did what it wanted, there would be no Arabs in the Jew’s homeland.

        Furthermore, how unconservative is it to demand that an international coalition tell a sovereign nation what it must do?

        • Anonymous

          Unlike almost every other country in the world Israel has no written constitution or official boundaries.  Thus it becomes a fuzzy question where Israel ends and occupied Arab/Palestinian territories begin. 

          • Pandemonium

            To understand the borders of Israel, google “Greater Israel”. Then you will get a better understanding of some of the things that happen in the Middle East.

        • Beloved Comrade

          If the ones who created the United Stated of America did what they wanted,  there would be no destitute, inassimilable  nonwhite sludge colonizing white America.

          Furthermore,  neither the UN nor Israel has ANY RIGHT to tell a sovereign nation what it must do.

  • Given jewish prison or islamic benevolence, which would you choose?

    • Anonymous

      Matzo balls in the messhall.

    • Marcy Fleming

      Neither, I lived in Tel Aviv for two years, Jewish on Mom’s side. Only dummies posit false dichotomies.

      • If Jewish “apartheid” was so bad, they wouldn’t be a problem keeping people in the dar of peace.  Not to many jews are breaking in to Mecca.

        • Marcy Fleming

          90% of the Palestinian Arabs want to go home and are prevented from doing so by Israel, so your remarks are in poor taste.
          Since Mecca is a Muslims only city there wouldn’t be too many non-Muslims trying to break in.
          Israel is great compared to Black Africa but is that really the standard ?

  • John Maddox

    Its Isreal don’t you know. Gods chosen people. The only country and people that God hasn’t abandoned. Think Hage peddling prayer shawls imported directly from Israel and Cain kissing the wailing wall.

    The world court and the UN will never condemn them. In the US  try to send several million Mexicans howling and screaming back across the border and shut the gates to immigration from India, Pakistan, Asia, the Middle East and Africa and see what happens.

  • Don’t mind me, I am just standing here waiting for the ADL and SPLC to condemn this hate crime committed by Israel…  Oh boy this is going to be a long wait!

  • Marcy Fleming

    One of the reasons so many Africans have come to Israel is that in the past all the grunt work was done by Palestinians but that was closed off years ago. The Ethiopians are a cut above other
    Black Africans and far preferable to the obnoxious Israeli Ashkenazim males but there is very
    little intermarriage by Ethiopians. They tend to stick to their own.
    The Sudanese are a much different kettle of fish.

  • Marcy Fleming

    Son of Abraham, Israel was not a Jewish country for over 2,000 years prior to 1948 and the two tiny ancient Hebrew Kingdoms of David and Judea were shortlived.
    Jordan was never Palestine and the Bedouins there are no relation to the Palestinians.
    Israel’s future looks grim.

    • Sargon

      Of course Jordan was Palestine. The British cut Palestine in two down the Jordan River, setting up the “Kingdom of Transjordan” on one side while retaining the name of Palestine for the other. Following its capture of the West Bank in 1948, Transjordan (now with land on both sides of the river) redubbed itself Jordan. Your mom was right, Marcy; you should have read something about Israel along with your Ayn Rand, if you were going to talk about it.

      • Marcy Fleming

        Jordan was never part of Palestine. I have read a ton of stuff about Israel, I lived there for two years in Tel Aviv. There were only three Jews living in Jordan at the time of the UK 1919 Census which was the first reliable Census ever taken in Palestine and Jordan. The Ottoman Census was slipshod and tied into heavy tax payments. Palestinians never lived in Jordan until after the 1948 expulsions of 750,000 to one million Palestinian Arabs. Palestinians lived exclusively west of the Jordan river. Bedouins are not Palestinians as King Hussein acknowledged, they are a separate tribe with a separate history and their own King.

        Mom and I agreed on Zionism and Israel, she was opposed to both.

        Our disagreement on Ayn Rand had nothing to do with Israel.

        Read Israeli historian Avi Shlaim’s The Politics of Partition which documents the undercover deals between King Abdullah (Hussein’s father) and Ben-Gurion.

        It’s been a staple of Israeli disinformation that they were cheated out of Jordan, where only three Jews lived ! Shlaim and many other Israeli historians have exposed this big lie.

        • Marcy Fleming

          One thing I forgot to mention above, the very name Transjordan was created by the British in 1922 in order to give the land east of the Jordan River to one of their created Sultanates. The whole procedure was arbitrary and ignored the wishes of 90% of Arab inhabitants west of the Jordan in Palestine, to whom the British simultaneously promised the Arabs and the Jews. It was the usual horrors of partition like they later did in India when they created Pakistan. Ireland, Germany, Korea, Vietnam are all examples of the horrors of partition.

      • Marcy Fleming

        Jordan was never part of Palestine. I have  read a ton of stuff about Israel, I lived there for two years in Tel Aviv. There were only three Jews living in Jordan at the time of the UK 1919 Census which was the first reliable Census ever taken in Palestine and Jordan. The Ottoman Census was slipshod and tied into heavy tax payments. Palestinians never lived in Jordan until after the 1948 expulsions of 750,000 to one million Palestinian Arabs. Palestinians lived exclusively west of the Jordan river. Bedouins are not Palestinians as King Hussein acknowledged,
        they are a separate tribe with a separate history and their own King.
        Mom and I agreed on Zionism and Israel, she was opposed to both.
        Our disagreement on Ayn Rand had nothing to do with Israel.
        Read Israeli historian Avi Shlaim’s The Politics of Partition which documents
        the undercover deals between King Abdullah (Hussein’s father) and Ben-Gurion.
        It’s been a staple of Israeli disinformation that they were cheated out of Jordan, where only three Jews lived ! Shlaim and many other Israeli historians have exposed this big lie.

  • Marcy Fleming

    My Jewish Mom agreed. She married my Irish father because she couldn’t stand most Ashkenazim men. The whole modern feminist movement was started by Jewish women like Friedan, Abzug, Steinem, et al, precisely rebelling against the stifling patriarchal attitudes of Jewish men.
    In Israel women are forced to sit in the back of synagogues, only Orthodox ones are allowed there.
    Ethiopian Jews and Arab (Sephardic) Jews were not nearly as narcissistic as the Ashkenazim. That applies to both genders.
    My Mom used to whip my behind as a teenager for reading Ayn Rand and rightist views but not for anything on Israel or Ashkenazim.