Two women from southern Tel Aviv are suing the state and the city over the problem of illegal immigration. According to News1, the two are claiming that their personal safety has been compromised due to authorities’ negligence.
They are seeking a payment of 640,000 shekels.
Southern Tel Aviv has become home to tens of thousands of African migrants in recent years. Most are men from Sudan or Eritrea who have claimed refuge in Israel due to fighting in their home countries.
Crime in the area has risen, with migrants implicated in many robberies and assaults. Many Israeli residents have reported being afraid for their safety.
There have been rallies in southern Tel Aviv accusing the government of abandoning the city’s working-class neighborhoods. The government has essentially dumped its migrant problem on the city’s poorest neighborhoods, they say, leaving the areas that already struggled with failing infrastructure and poverty to deal with an influx of traumatized, unemployed young men.