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Illegal African Infiltrators Violate Detention Conditions Again

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Illegal African infiltrators continued to violate the terms of their administration detention Thursday and marched to demonstrate their demand for asylum as refugees, which is not granted to people who leave their home countries simply because they want a better standard of living.

They also demanded the release of other illegal infiltrators who were arrested in Jerusalem on Wednesday after they left the new Holot detention center near Be’er Sheva and stayed away at night.

Police arrested dozens of the protesters and took them back to Holot, where they are required to stay at night and must report during the day, when they are otherwise free to leave.

The influx of the Africans the past few years was a major headache for the government, which did noting to stop them until thousands of them began hanging out in Tel Aviv instead of the Negev. Official sprang into action and built a fence along the Egyptian border that has reduced infiltrations to near zero, but now the country is left with the headache of what to do with the tens of thousands who remain and do not qualify for the status of refugees.

Can Jews Set Up Detention Camps?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Sudanese illegal migrants marching towards Jerusalem (they actually ended up in Beer Sheva) in protest of the new Holot (sands) detention camp, Monday, December 16.

The new anti-infiltration law that was passed in the Knesset a week ago permits residents of the camps—mostly Sudanese and Eritreans—to leave the site until 10 PM each day, provided that they show up for a head count three times a day.

It makes it tough for them to reach any urban center. So now some 250 illegals are refusing to return to the facility.

I don’t envy Israeli politicians and civil servants deposited with the task of managing the population of an estimated 50 to 80 thousand illegals, mostly from war torn East Africa. The connotations are obvious and disturbing. And yet, all these poor, neglected people have been dumped on Israel’s cities’ poorest neighborhoods, turning the lives of local residents into a living hell.

It’s a serious problem, it has to be resolved, and whatever Israel does to alleviate the problem will look and sound terrible. On account of the “camp” part in the term “detention camp.”

Photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

The marchers carried signs, no doubt prepared for them by Israeli NGO activists, with Biblical verses about our obligation to treat the foreigners well, because we, too, were foreigners in Egypt.

Of course, one of the conditions the Torah places on the foreigner is to observe the law. Illegal infiltration would probably disqualify them for the accepting treatment advised by the Torah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/can-jews-set-up-detention-camps/2013/12/17/

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