Thousands March for Refugee Rights in Israel

Al Jazeera, January 5, 2014

Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers and their supporters continued a three-day protest Monday on the streets of Tel Aviv demanding that the Israeli government recognize their refugee status and end the policy of detention without trial.

“More than 30,000 demonstrators marched peacefully,” police spokeswoman Lubra Samri said when the protest began on Sunday, which would make the action the largest such rally by migrants in Israel’s history.

The protest comes after a December mass walk-out from a detention facility by hundreds of asylum seekers who are detained there during the night and barred from seeking work during the day. Those caught breaking the strict rules risk arrest and confinement in a closed prison.

Human rights groups say more than 300 people have been arrested since a new law, passed by Israel’s parliament three weeks ago, allows authorities to detain migrants without valid visas indefinitely.

Mickey Rosenfeld, a police spokesperson, told Al Jazeera that most of the demonstrators at Sunday’s rally were asylum seekers from Africa who wanted to stay in the country.

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Asylum seekers chanting “we are all refugees” and “yes to freedom, no to prison,” were joined by Israeli rights activists during the march.

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Of the African migrants currently living in Israel, around 38,000 come from Eritrea and 15,000 come from Sudan. In all, some 60,000 migrants have crossed into Israel across a once-porous border with Egypt since 2006, Israeli authorities say.

Last year, a $377 million Israeli border fence was installed to stem the flow of immigrants. The drop off has been dramatic. In 2012, more than 10,000 migrants crossed, but that number fell to just 36 successful crossers in 2013.

Meanwhile, those who have already crossed can, under Israeli law, be sent to what the government describes as an open prison in Israel’s southern desert. Under the legislation passed on December 10, authorities can detain illegal immigrants entering the country for up to a year without trial.

Members of Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party have praised the new law. Interior Minister Gideon Saar said it would “allow us to keep illegals away from our cities.” Miri Regev, another Likud Knesset member, said Israel should “send them all back to their countries.”

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The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and other groups have already filed a petition against the new law.

In a 2012 report, ACRI decried laws aimed at immigrants.

“The prevalent attitude toward African asylum seekers in Israel in 2012 was one of racism and xenophobia. Over the course of the year, Israeli citizens burned, beat, cursed, and looted on a scale and in a manner never seen before,” ACRI said in its report (PDF).

“Molotov cocktails were thrown at the homes of asylum seekers and at a kindergarten in the Shapira neighborhood of Tel Aviv…Three Eritrean asylum seekers were stabbed in the Shapira neighborhood, and a demonstration against so-called ‘infiltrators’ in the Hatikva neighborhood of Tel Aviv descended into a display of unbridled violence.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    Send them to the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. I’m sure the Palestinians will welcome them with open arms.

    • Max Krakah

      they will welcome the target practice

    • Fathercoughlin

      I’d welcome the chance to punch you in the mouth. Are you so stupid you dont understand that the Jewish Est. in this country is four-square 100% behind mass 3rd world immeegration,and the same people are fervent supporters of Israel and THEIR anti-immeegration efforts? You must be slow…

      • dmxinc

        Take it easy. You guys are on the same side.

        Having read Mekong’s posts, I would say that there’s a better than even chance he agrees with you.

        • Pro_Whitey

          Yes, I think we can all agree that we like what the Israelis are doing for themselves, and want to do the same thing for ourselves (gee whiz, border fences do work!), but share the frustration that the Israelis Jewish cousins in the U.S., while supporting Israel’s policies, demand open borders here, making them two-faced bleeps.

      • MekongDelta69

        Another keyboard hero. You might want to read someone’s profile before you go ‘threatening’ somebody you don’t know on the Net. Unless you don’t mind losing that hand you’re so eager to aim at my face.

        • I have a picture that tells a thousand words about those folks:

          • Fathercoughlin

            The pen is mightier than the sword. I guesss a psycho felon may have trouble understanding that.

        • Fathercoughlin

          You seem to be kissing the ass of the YKW. If not then I am sorry we have no quarrel;in fact we can be besties!! YKW love is something I cant abide. So,I repeat,I’d gladly sock ya if you’re one of these YKW admireres.otherwise have cold one on me!

      • Alexandra1973

        The real “Father” Coughlin promoted that same nonsense during WWII and claimed Hitler was fighting for Christianity (read: Catholicism).

        No shocker he was Catholic!

        • David Ashton

          Can you quote Coughlin’s statements during WW2 that Hitler was fighting FOR Christianity?

          • Hitler was a deranged lunatic. The poor Poles he wanted extinct were Catholic.

          • LeGrandDerangement

            He murdered plenty of French and Italian “mackerel snappers” as well.

          • David Ashton

            I was asking for Coughlin’s actual words not commenting on Hitler’s actual actions.

          • curri

            I doubt if any of the Coughlin critics will provide that. They want to leave the impression that he wanted the US to enter the war on the side of Hitler.

          • David Ashton

            I am familiar with lying smears against politicians and writers in Britain opposed in 1939 to another European war as “traitors”, even though some had fought in WW1, and they and others fought in WW2 once war had been declared and Britain was in danger.

            British pacifists and communists also had no admiration for Hitler, but some of the former changed their views about military participation, whereas some of the latter engaged in criminal sabotage during the Russo-German Pact and the Soviet invasion of Poland, and supported Britain only after Hitler attacked Russia in 1941.

            Honest actual information is needed in all these matters, however politically incorrect. Worth mentioning perhaps that the communists in Spain and the USSR had their own Kristallnacht against the churches – not just on one day but over years.

        • LeGrandDerangement

          Please don’t blame Catholics for F. Coughlin’s statements. There are all types of Catholics, just as with any other group.

        • Michigan Patriot

          Alexandra1973; most American Jewish politicians vote for flooding America with third world parasites. Yes, Sen. Ted Kennedy name is on the 1965 Immigration and Reform Act of treason by every American Jewish politician in congress ( 1965 ) voted for our eventual genetic holocaust ! Their communist / democratic party have been celebrating the end of White Christian America since Slick Willie and his pal Vernon Jordan had a ” good by ” White America party at the White House attended by people of color in his first term .

          • Katherine McChesney

            Roman Catholics support immigration. After all, it’s Roman Catholic ‘squat monsters’ who are receiving aid from Catholic Charities.

          • Michigan Patriot

            You are unfortunately 100 % correct on the Catholic bishops role in the destruction of the Western people also.

        • Fathercoughlin

          Moron. Coughlin spoke oput against the YKW!! Every problem we discuss here has been aided and abetted by the YKW. I am proud he was an YKW-hater as am I. So you dont like the Catholics,but you kiss the rears of the YKW. You stupid lout. Why dont you go chase your daughter?

      • Max Krakah

        settle down Spanky

        • Fathercoughlin

          Not gonna happen,uhm….uhm…asshole!

      • Michigan Patriot

        FatherCoughlin ; you are 100 % correct ! Our traitorous politicians since 1965 pretend they have not noticed the obvious double standard , one for White Christian nations and one for all other diverse nations.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I’ve read a newsletter from a Jewish Synagogue in my community. They are pro-immigration in America but call for a two-party state in Israel. Many Jews in America are NOT supporters of Israel’s anti-immigration efforts. Furthermore, they are FOR the squatters in Palestine.

        You, ‘fathercouglin’ is the one who is ‘slow’.

  • Is that a protest, or is a new set of Air Jordans going on sale in Tel Aviv?

    • bigone4u

      If there were Air Jordans to be had, the knives, baseball bats, and guns would be showing and you would be seeing massive fights in the picture.

      • Erasmus

        I didn’t believe any country should be overrun by 3rd worlders, but since American non-eskimos have been/are in the forefront to brown America and other white countries, seeing Israel turned into a black ghetto would be justice.

        The non-eskimos’ attitude of “one-standard-for-me-and-another-for-thee must not be allowed to stand.

  • Guest

    Some of them must have watched our cable news and got the idea from the Mexican illegals who are always marching around demanding that we recognize them as having a right to be treated as Americans while simultaneously waving their Mexican flags and spouting communists propaganda. A pox on them all. I wouldn’t be surprised to find Google and the other agents of the color revolutions providing the organization and communications for these people.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Surplus men. What are you going to do about them? Turn them into Soylent Green?

    • Max Krakah

      I wouldn’t eat it. Would you?

      • D.B. Cooper

        The Haitians would, but I suspect they already are, and The Powers That Be don’t want us to know that.

  • Max Krakah

    Looks like Israel has a big load of brown to push through it’s exit. It might be a bit of a strain.

  • je suis paganisme

    “Remember, you yourselves were once strangers and soujourners in the land of Egypt.”

    It is somewhat different when the land is your own, isn’t it? Perhaps the viewpoint of the Egyptians is viewed with more sympathy now; never mind that the whole thing was most probably fictional, anyway.

    I hope that Israel may become “born again” to the reality of blood and soil, and the benefits of mono-culturalism. Perhaps they will come up with some new fictions that stress this, and be “a light to the nations.”
    Maybe. Maybe they will see their hypocrisy. Maybe I am Zeus.

    • Max Krakah

      Not all Jews think alike. WE are hypocrites though if we refuse Israel the right to be an ethnostate and cry about the INFILTRATION of OUR our ethnostates

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      It is not Israel that needs to see the hypocrisy – they are already openly ethnocentric – but it is the Jewish elite in the US and Europe that needs to do that. Ultimately it is also in their own interest, because most non-white immigrants are not exactly philosemitic.

  • dubyasee

    Ha ha ha. Ho ho. This is rich. We should send the African illegal immigrants in Israel thousands and thousands of “Si Su Puede” signs to bind them in solidarity with their illegal immigrant brothers in the USA!

    • Druid

      the lousy zionists will be dogmeat themselves before long…

      • blight14

        Hopefully………..

    • RisingReich

      Blatant Hypocrisy – sums up the situation perfectly.

      • Max Krakah

        Yes, it does. STILL, we are hypocrites if we refuse Israel a right to protect it’s status as an ethno state while decrying the loss of our ethnostate. I see this as a great opportunity to push back at the jewish groups in this country demanding we destroy the demographic makeup in this country. Throw their double standard back at them.

        • Hunter Morrow

          Why should Palestine be an ethnostate for European jewry?
          It already was an ethnostate for Palestinians.

          Calling Israel an ehtnostate for European jewry is like calling Minnesota an ethnostate for Somalis.

          • Max Krakah

            Because Israel Exists, deal with reality!

          • Hunter Morrow

            It is a stolen, fraud nation and the polar opposite of a genuine ethnostate. Stop, really.

  • borogirl54

    There are questions whether these people are legitimate refugees or economic migrants that went to Israel strictly for a better life. These people have nothing in common with the majority Jewish population. No wonder they are seen as “invaders” by the Israeli government.

  • bigone4u

    Surely, American Jews will speak out for open borders for Israel, just as they have for America. Surely, European Jews will also demand open borders for Israel. Surely, the Democrat party will join in the unanimous chorus, “Open borders for Israel.”
    (crickets chirping)

    • Max Krakah

      you all are so bitter, but I just want to see africans expelled from somewhere, let it start somewhere! Once one country does it, it will happen in other countries. IT is amazing people’s bitterness blinds them to this reality. The 90s are OVER, things are CHANGING, and this is a change in OUR favor. IT IS A PRECEDENT! FOR GOD’S SAKE LET THAT PRECEDENT BE SET!!!!!!

      • NoMosqueHere

        Some folks on this site hate the jews so much it deranges their thinking. Nazism is the worst enemy of whites — it almost completely destroyed germany and has permanently tarnished the white self image.

        • Max Krakah

          well, to be honest, sometimes I get so frustrated with liberal jews that I basically decide it it pointless to sort jews out. Just read what the SPLC says about “The Color of Crime”

        • ssviking

          Funny i thought it was American and british bombers that destroyed Germany and the only ones that have “tarnished” whites self image are your co-tribalist in Hollywood. you’re reaction is patheticly jewish, any criticism and it’s oi vey! Youranaziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews!

      • IstvanIN

        The Jews are held to a very different standard than we are. Israel doing something and the UK doing the same thing will be treated very differently. With the Israelis it will be a case of preventing another holocaust. With the British it will be denounced as racist.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      Yes, after all Israel is “a nation of immigrants”, no?

  • Ograf

    Israel is no stranger to using violence and overkill to get their way. This situation is almost like people reaping what they sow. I am interested in the outcome of this. To me it seems as though it may be a win-win situation.

    • Max Krakah

      I’m on Israel’s side, anyone who supports the idea of an ethnostate should support Israel’s right to be one. Let US not be hypocritical!

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        It is not US who are hypocritical, it is THEY who are hypocritical.

        • Max Krakah

          They? You can’t lump all jews together. You want to stick it to the jews that are behind the multiculti and open borders revolution in the west, but they are not Israelis, except Barrbara Spectre, even so, I want to kick africans out of somewhere more than I want to stick it to Spectre.

        • Ograf

          Exactly my point Mr. Franklin_Ryckaert.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I’m also a supporter of Israel. I believe they should use any means they can to rid themselves of immigrants. Furthermore, I’d like to see the squatters in Palestine wiped off the face of the earth.

      • dean53

        Hypocrisy is a Christian concept, not a Jewish one. Jews aren’t hypocrites. Their prime value is the preservation, advancement and enrichment of world-wide Jewry. All other values, including truth, are subservient to that primary goal. It is totally consistent with Jewish goals to advocate for a Jewish ethno-state in Israel, while simultaneously promoting a multicultural America and Europe. Jews aren’t stupid. They aren’t willing to sacrifice their lives on the altar of abstract philosophical consistency like white gentiles are.

      • Bill_der_Berg

        I care as much about Israel as Israel cares about my country. That is, not at all.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Blacks are so horrible and ridiculous that they will riot, protest, and march to live with people that HATE them instead of their own kind.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      If only it is anti-white, they will join.

  • Spartacus

    ….

  • HJ11

    Jewish state to become just another Star Wars Bar state.

    • blight14

      Good!

  • Charles W.

    “African illegals think they have the right to stay.”

    They DO have the right to stay..

    In America.

  • MBlanc46

    I’ve never been a big fan of the concept of a Jewish state, but, since that’s what the Israelis have, those riff-raff ought to be deported forthwith.

  • jackryanvb

    I thought Israel expelled all the African illegals last Spring?

    • IstvanIN

      Africans are like an old cesspool. Plug one leak and another pops.

    • Bill_der_Berg

      The hard-working, undocumented African immigrants have been rounded up and put in camps while the Israeli government tries to find countries willing to take them.

  • Magician

    What else is more beautiful than several thousands of adult black men marching?

    Coming soon to cities such as Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, Vienna, London, Edinburgh….

    • judenjager

      The sound of a M-60 should join the chorus of thousands of black men marching. Make my day, it would.

      • jackryanvb

        This icon violates Amren comment guidelines. It’s a crude, Jew hating charactiture from Metzger’s WAR tabloid. Something much better suited for Der Sturmer than a respectable Uptown publication.

        • judenjager

          Boo-hoo. No apology. Der juden GEHIND.

  • jeffaral

    Why do they go to Israel? Go to the US instead, Americans love black people- even their president is black (from Kenia I heard).

  • dd121

    I think the Eskimos are trying to commit suicide.

    • NoMosqueHere

      As with white americans, israeli jews are their own worst enemy.

  • Easyrhino1

    As long as this doesn’t cause more US tax-dollars to be handed to Israel (our dear and loyal ally) I’m all for Israel experiencing the “joy of diversity” that has made our country so great.

  • Talltrees

    In 2012, more than 10,000 migrants crossed, but that number fell to just 36 successful crossers in 2013.”

    That’s why we don’t have a fence.

  • Michigan Patriot

    The Israeli government owes Americans their very existence to us; let them start to repay us by changing our genocidal immigration laws and porous borders to copy Israel’s non-self destructive policy; by contrast to us, Israel is closed system..

  • Kenelm Digby

    The Israelis must hang tough and refuse to buckle down to the disgusting intimidatory tactics of these illegal infiltrators. The weak-as-custard cowards who run Europe invaraibly crumble and give in to the nasty intimidation of the illegals, so it’s great just to see that someone, somewhere, has got the gumption and backbone to stand firm.
    There is a moral here for all the European nations. Unless you willing to be tough and damn the consequences right now, you will simply lose your countries in a few generations’ time. As simple as that. The UK, France, Sweden and the rest WILL INEVITABLY BECOME BLACK COUNTRIES. Entirely due to the contemptible cowardice of their ‘leaders’ unwilling to show any backbone and to lay down the law.

  • wildfirexx

    Israel Says to Europe and America…”Do as I say, Not as I Do!”

  • M.

    Negroes are a plague on humanity.

  • NotTooSwift

    What does Israel’s version of the ACLU have to say about this situation?…What’s that?…Oh, they don’t…Never mind.

  • Sloppo

    I think Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton need to get involved in this civili rights struggle. Perhaps the Jewish owners of the major propaganda networks will do a series of documentaries which will highlight the terrible struggles these Africans will surely face if they are required to return to societies created by their own people.

  • Bill_der_Berg

    Abe Foxman was very lukewarm in his criticism of the pogroms against the undocumented immigrants, and of the hate-speech by Israeli politicians. He even suggested that the immigrants themselves might deserve some blame, and that public concern was legitimate.

    This makes me wonder about the sincerity of his ‘anti-racist’ stance.

    Here is his statement for those who have not seen it.

    “We are seriously concerned about the growing tensions in Israel over the issue of African migrants, and reports of lawlessness and violence committed by and directed against the migrants. We call on all parties to work to calm the tensions, and welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu’s condemnation of the inflammatory comments and the violence and his commitment to resolving this crisis responsibly.

    While we recognize the complexity involved in properly addressing this issue, and sympathize with Israeli citizens whose personal security has been compromised by the lawlessness and violence of some migrants, we are disturbed by inflammatory public statements made by certain Israeli officials, some of which has veered into racism. These statements are counterproductive and only serve to further inflame tensions.

    The role of Israeli law enforcement officials is vital in ensuring the safety of all, controlling lawlessness and violence and enforcing the rule of law.

    It is imperative that reasonable solutions be found to confront these challenges, one that humanly treats the migrants while ensuring the security concerns of Israeli citizens are properly addressed”.”..

  • Hunter Morrow

    Jew as I say, not as I jew…

    Again!

  • Hunter Morrow

    Tear down that border wall.
    Israel is in dire need of diversity and EEOC education and
    comprehensive immigration reform.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Paging Barbara Lerner Spectre, Barbara Lerner spectre, comment?
    Tikkun olam ! Set a good example for us goyim with your actionsin Israel, please!

  • jackryanvb

    American Jews tend to have split personalities:

    Open borders, multi cults anti White destroyers in the USA/Europe/UK/Australia (used to include South Africa, but that’s been destroyed, SA Jews have mostly all left) and

    Strong, ethno centric Zionist nationalism for Israel – will support anything and everything to make, keep Israel as a Jewish ethno state.

    It’s not really a contradiction and the Muslims do the same thing:

    “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours needs to be multi cultural – accept all third world people of color in to White communities, including the worst Muslims, also promote anything goes homosexuality and make homosexual extremists and Muslim immigrants as official PC victim groups. Set up Canadian style human rights tribunals to persecute regular Whites who dare write, say or think anything negative about official PC victim groups like Muslim immigrants, homosexual extremists, Black gang members playing the knock out game”

    Any questions?

    PS. This does not apply to Amren’s solid, decent Jewish readers. God bless them.

    • dean53

      The prime Jewish value is the security and enrichment of world-wide Jewry. All other values, including truth, are subservient to that primary goal. It is totally consistent with Jewish goals to advocate for a Jewish ethno-state in Israel, while simultaneously promoting a multicultural America and Europe. Jews have determined that these two different situations are in their best interest. Jews aren’t stupid. They aren’t willing to sacrifice their lives on the altar of egalitarianism & philosophical consistency like whites are.

  • jackryanvb

    I support Israeli Jews right to protect their nation/people from this Black African/Muslim illegal immigration invasion. We reserve the right to do the same. I’m not going to call Jews in Israel “RACISTS”, “FASCISTS” or the “N Word”, I hope that Amren’s Jewish readers return the favor and don’t persecute us for saying, thinking and doing what every healthy, sane Jewish person is thinking and doing in Israel today.

  • Erasmus

    Since American non-eskimos are leading the charge for amnestying tens of millions of illegal aliens and destroying the United States, Canada, Australia and other white nations with their multi-cult tschit, with regard to Israel being invaded by Africans I say, “Good!”
    I hope Tel Aviv becomes the new Mogadishu. I hope Jerusalem becomes the new Kampala.

    Karma is a bee-yotch. If any country deserves to be turned into a ghetto, it’s Israel.

    • jackryanvb

      That isn’t happening. Stop wishing for things that don’t happen and will not happen.

      Look what is happening. Diseased Bantu illegal aliens in Israel are planned to be dumped on Sweden or Minnesota or sent to work for Tyson Foods in Tennessee!

  • Erasmus

    A lot of the people who’ve led the charge against the US protecting its borders carry, I’m quite certain, Israeli as well as American passports. If any country deserves to be “browned,” it’s Israel.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Schiff wasn’t Arabic. He was an Hebrew. And a member of the Jesuit controlled Illuminati. Al Gore’s daughter, Karenna, is married to Schiff’s great grandson.

    • dean53

      Wikipedia says: “On July 12, 1997 she [Karenna] married Andrew Newman Schiff …. the great-great-grandson of industrialist Jacob Schiff. They have three children together….. As of June 9, 2010, she and husband Andrew are separated.”

  • dean53

    I have no idea about the religion of the people who post here on Amren. I myself was raised Christian. About 15 years ago I concluded that white racism was incompatible with the universal egalitarianism of Christianity as I understood it. I developed an acute case of cognitive dissonance. Rather than try to reconcile two apparently irreconcilable viewpoints, I decided something had to go. I chose to discard Christianity and embrace racism.