Crackdown on Migrants Tugs at Soul of Israelis

Isabel Kershner, New York Times, June 18, 2012

One by one, immigration inspectors escorted the migrants out of a dilapidated building into an alley teeming with African-run stores and hair salons. Then, they were led onto a waiting bus, in the first steps on the way to deportation to their native South Sudan.

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“It must be done,” said Mor Sheffer, an Israeli bystander, “or tomorrow we will have no country and we will have to look for another one.”

Many residents here in the Neve Shaanan area of south Tel Aviv complain of rampant crime by migrants and say that it has become “Soweto,” a reference to the site of a 1976 uprising in South Africa. At a recent protest fanned by right-wing politicians, one lawmaker described the Africans, known here as “infiltrators,” as “a cancer in our body.” Later, Africans’ stores and apartments were attacked.

But the government clampdown is also ripping at Israel‘s soul. For some, the connotations of roundups and the prospect of mass detentions cut too close to the bone.

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Since 2005, about 60,000 sub-Saharan Africans have surreptitiously crossed the porous border from Egypt into Israel after traversing the rugged desert of the Sinai Peninsula.

The rising tensions caused by their presence have prompted the government to announce a tough new policy to stem the influx of African immigrants and asylum seekers. The interior minister, Eli Yishai, has vowed to clear the country of all illegal immigrants within three years.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contends that most of them are economic immigrants and that they threaten the Jewish character of Israel. On Sunday, he said that all new arrivals would immediately be placed in detention.

Mr. Netanyahu told his cabinet that Israel was “building holding facilities to house tens of thousands of infiltrators until they can be sent out of the country.”

For now, most of the immigrants and asylum seekers—about 50,000—cannot be deported, in line with international conventions. They come from Sudan and Eritrea, countries considered too dangerous for their repatriation, and so they are afforded temporary collective protection in Israel. That protection was recently lifted for immigrants from South Sudan. {snip}

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People can apply for refugee status, but priority is given to those not covered by collective protection, said Sabine Haddad, a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority. The approval rate is negligible. Since 2009, out of 7,000 applications, 16 people were granted refugee status or asylum.

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Some Israelis invoke the biblical injunction to “love the stranger for we were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Others say they now feel like strangers in their own country.

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  • mikejones91

    Great for them.

  • I agree as well, if African immigrants who are not Jewish will overrun this small country, what will it become? Many of these Africans are Muslims and what is to stop them from forming alliances with the Palestinians or the Lebanese against Israel? I think that this is good move on their part and hopefully when word gets out that you will be returned home if you come to Israel, this will reduce the number of immigrant wanting to immigrate there.

    • The__Bobster

      It doesn’t matter even if they are Jewish. They are black.

      Our Christian country is full of black Christians. How is that working out?

    • blight14

       I long for the ‘overrun of this small country’……..it would serve them right!

  • Why are they throwing out the future doctors, lawyers, and engineers? 

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Somalis, Pakistani muslims, Sikhs, etc, threaten the Christian character of Britain.
    No British politician would ever dare to mention this obvious truth.
    Good on Israel for taking action, though I find it interesting that our pro-israeli dominated media is not giving this story the attention it would certainly get if a European nation was to take similar action.

    • IstvanIN

      Somalis, Pakistani muslims, Sikhs threaten the British character of Britain!

    • Orion_Blue

      Somalis, Pakistani muslims, Sikhs, etc, threaten the Christian character of Britain. 

      According to ‘mainstream’ Christian teachings, we are all supposed to be ‘brothers in Christ’.

      No British politician would ever dare to mention this obvious truth.

      No British politician has dared to ‘mention any truth’ since Enoch Powell made his infamous speech and look where that got him!

      It should be noted that although the Anglican Church and to a lesser extent, the Catholic Church, have been banging the drum for compassionate intervention in the ‘developing world’, the architects of current demographic manipulation were anything but Christian.

  • Athling

    Israel is such a tiny country. They don’t have the luxury of multicultural/racial experimentation. When your territory is that small you simply cannot allow incompatible races of people into it.

    The uber liberal Jews who massively support the “we are all one” and “diversity

    • Athling

      By the way, this is precisely why a “one-state solution” will never work in Israel.

      Any and all people who wish to retain their own distinctness as a race and everything that flows from it simply must have a territory with borders that effectively isolates their people from all others.

    • Kurt Plummer

      Athling,

      >>
      The uber liberal Jews who massively support the “we are all one” and “diversity is our strength” fallacies must be ignored. Their naive, child-like fantasies have no useful application in the real world.
      >>

      They are one and the same.  As proof, I _dare_ Israel to denounce universalism as a flawed, culturally marxist, ‘bad for business’ concept unsuitable for any nation -including- their own.

      How do I know it’s flawed?

      Because in 1950, whites were approximately 30% of the world’s population.  Today, whites are 16% of the world’s population.  By 2060, we will be roughly 9% of the global populace.  By 2100, that number will be between 4% and 0%.

      And nary a Jew will comment on the passing of us as they forever bemoan those lost at Birkenau and the Reinhardt camps.

      Nothing which promotes the progressive extinction of the most responsible race for the benefit of the least intelligent, high TFR, most destructive, _locust like_ global primitives is based on sound reasoning.

      And Jews remain a world wide body of interlinked associations, no less today than when the World Jewish Congress declared war on Hitler in the 30s.

      And Lost.

      In this, it’s time to bend them over the barrel again, with money (something they understand) instead of Zyklon B.

      Forcing Israel to openly acknowledge their own belief in an racially secure First World and -expansion- of our tech base into the Second and Third (via civilian technologies investment like cheap solar and robotics on a massive scale to justify Colonialist intervention for resource access) would go an enormous ways towards making our libiots retract rather than retranch their position on the multicult murder:suicide pact which is destroying our people.

      The alternative for Israel?

      Acceptance of total (permanent) loss of all U.S. foreign aid funding whose largesse places the mighty state of David at our budgetary beggars’ table, every year.

      To the tune of some 2.5 billion in publically acknowledged funding.

      Just because denial of citizenship to a people Jews have no intention of interbreeding with is the right thing to do, for them, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t turn it to our political advantage by threatening to cut off their blood money if they don’t make it clear that they invite the rest of us to do the same.

      • Athling

        I understand your position. However, one must not attribute so much power to organized Jewry. What armies have they used to conquer Europe or any other Western nation? What mass hypnosis technique do they possess whereby they control Western people?

        They have influence, yes, through media and financial institutions as well as academia but what armed force do they use?

        Their influence is fragile.

        I know many Jews who despise Jews on the Left just as much as many here do. I try to remember them as I work against the Leftists.

  • MikeofAges

    Or America remaining American.  In America, Both Third World immigration and the immigration of educated workers from South and East Asia harms our ability to develop the existing population — white and, yes, black too. And legal Hispanics. All,
    actually, are underdeveloped. And whites, at least, obviously have proven their ability to produce engineers and scientists when the opportunity is provided and people are made aware of the possibility. I am sure blacks and Hispanics could do better too.

  • Bill_der_Berg

    When a member of the Knesset compares African immigrants to cancer ,
      it is merely   ‘controversial’  and not hate-speech or even bigotry.  What’s happening to the NYT? Where are
    the fierce denunciations and  the
    demands for the member concerned to resign?

     

    The  paper seems to be
    exaggerating the extent to which Israel’s soul is being tugged.  A recent
    opinion poll showed  that antipathy to the Sudanese was shared by a large
    majority.

     

     

    More than half of Jewish Israelis polled in May agreed that Africans
    living illegally in Israel are “a cancer in the body” of the country, backing
    the controversial words of an Israeli lawmaker.

    The new poll from the Israel
    Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University is a sign of how deep the backlash
    against African migrants goes in Israel, a country founded by refugees that has
    seen angry and sometimes violent resistance to the new influx from Eritrea,
    Sudan and elsewhere in Africa

    Though
    the attacks spurred outcry against racism and xenophobia in Israel, the new
    poll showed strong support for the recent Tel Aviv protests against African
    immigrants, with more than four out of five Jewish Israelis saying they backed
    the demonstrations.

    Perhaps even more strikingly, more than a third said they could identify
    with the violence that followed, as angry mobs smashed store windows and
    attacked a car carrying Africans. The researchers called the number
    surprisingly high, “considering that most people do not tend to openly
    report sympathy for acts that are broadly condemned by society.” More
    religious Israelis were more likely to sympathize.

     

    http://tinyurl.com/co5vx33

  • Bill_der_Berg

     

    The new poll from the Israel Democracy Institute and
    Tel Aviv University is a sign of how deep the backlash against African migrants
    goes in Israel, a country founded by refugees that has seen angry and sometimes
    violent resistance to the new influx from Eritrea, Sudan and elsewhere in
    Africa

     

     

    Though the attacks spurred outcry against racism and
    xenophobia in Israel, the new poll showed strong support for the recent Tel
    Aviv protests against African immigrants, with more than four out of five
    Jewish Israelis saying they backed the demonstrations.

     

    Perhaps even more strikingly, more than a third said they
    could identify with the violence that followed, as angry mobs smashed store
    windows and attacked a car carrying Africans. The researchers called the number
    surprisingly high, “considering that most people do not tend to openly  report sympathy for acts that are
    broadly condemned by society.” More religious Israelis were more likely to
    sympathize.

     

     

     

     

     

    http://tinyurl.com/co5vx33

  • blight14

     Granted, we’re not supposed to mention that pesky fact…..ESPECIALLY not on this site…..

    • WhitesRdumb

      To find out who runs a country, first find out who you can not speak out against.

  • blight14

     Blatant…………..

  • blight14

    You surely don’t believe that primitive nonsense, do you?

  • Bill_der_Berg

    …….the problems associated with these migrants are much more dramatic then they would be with any other group……

    A  recent opinion found that -“While more than half of Jewish Israelis were tolerant of foreign workers from Eastern Europe, Thailand or the Philippines, nearly three out of four said they were disturbed by Sudanese or Eritrean workers.”

  • WhitesRdumb

     Democratic nation? Not according to Jack Bernstein. 
    http://tinyurl.com/2tlqqq
    or
    http://tinyurl.com/6qcnwwb

  • WhitesRdumb

     Why, so they can come to the US and scream for more diversity? I think they should stay in Israel.

    • The__Bobster

      I think Israel should take the American Jews who scream for more diversity.

  • The__Bobster

    Theocracies are not Democracies.

  • The__Bobster

    Because in 1950, whites were approximately 30% of the world’s
    population.  Today, whites are 16% of the world’s population.  By 2060,
    we will be roughly 9% of the global populace.  By 2100, that number will
    be between 4% and 0%.
    __________

    Way too optimistic. We are already approaching 9%.

  • NM156

    So who was rioting in Israel after a well-publicized rape committed by an African immigrant? Israeli liberals?

  • anarchyst

    Sad to say, even on this site, speaking the obvious about the “tribe” will get your posts censored and then eliminated . . . I thought we whites were smart and mature enough to entertain differing points of view. . . without resorting to silencing those with differing viewpoints. . .
    TRUTH is often the first casualty . . . history is rarely as cut-and-dried as one would like . . . much of history is unpleasant . . . we can learn from it and avoid making the same mistakes . . .