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Fear In Tel Aviv Due To Refugee Influx

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Angry and frightened working-class residents in parts of Tel Aviv are accusing Israeli police and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai of failing to aggressively confront an unprecedented spike in the number of violent acts against local citizens by a growing number of illegal African refugees.

According to a Knesset investigative committee report, nearly 61,000 illegal refugees have swarmed across Israel’s porous Sinai border with Egypt in less than a decade – with 25,000 of them residing in Tel Aviv. Unlike thousands of other illegal foreigners from African countries such as Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana (who entered Israel nearly a decade ago with legitimate work visas but failed to return home), the current wave hail from war-torn and impoverished countries like Sudan and Eritrea.

Over the past few months, dozens of Eritreans have been arrested by Israeli police on rape and murder charges. Victims include other refugees and Tel Aviv citizens.

A Tel Aviv resident told Channel 10 News, “It’s gotten to the point that I have to meet my wife downstairs in front of our building when she comes home in the evening, so I don’t have to worry about her being attacked. The city and the police are not doing enough to protect its citizens.” Mothers of young children also told the station that it was becoming impossible to take their kids to local parks to play with their friends, for fear of being attacked by hungry and sometimes drunken refugees.

A large number of the illegal refugees are unemployed and lack medical and social welfare assistance. They congregate in the parks and alleyways around Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station, one of Israel’s busiest transportation hubs.

Some of the refugees are beginning to move to Netanya and Beersheba, among other cities. Close to 10,000 illegal refugees, mostly from Sudan, have nearly overwhelmed the financially strapped southern city of Eilat, where they currently comprise over 20 percent of the local population. Some of the refugees have found temporary employment in the local hotel industry, with the assistance of several government agencies and nonprofit outreach organizations.

To date, the UN has failed to provide financial assistance to Israel or a political resolution to the problem.

The growing number of refugees with violent tendencies who have crossed into Israel at the rate of nearly 1,700 a month has prompted Minister of Interior Eli Yishai to demand that local and immigration police arrest and immediately deport the refugees back to their native countries. For his part, Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch noted that successive Israeli police commissioners have rejected “cop on the beat” programs that have been instrumental in combating crime in many cities across the U.S.

During Sunday’s weekly government cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu recognized the urgent need to secure Israel’s borders.

Netanyahu said, “This phenomenon [illegal refugees] is very grave and threatens the social fabric of society, our national security, and our national identity. It began over seven years ago and upon the government’s entry into office three years ago, we decided to deal with this problem by stopping the entry and by beginning to withdraw those who were already inside. If we do not stop the entry, the problem – there are now 60,000 illegal infiltrators – could easily grow to 600,000 illegal infiltrators. This would inundate the state and, to a considerable degree, cancel out its image as a Jewish and democratic state.

“Therefore, the first necessity is to build a physical barrier. By October it will be complete in its entirety, except for a small section around Eilat that we are dealing with separately and where a fence will be completed. But until then we will block it with other means, including [with] forces. We are aware of the distress and are dealing with it.”

Steve K. Walz

Report: Ignoring UN Ban, Iran Continues Shipping Arms to Syria, Enriching Uranium

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

According to Reuters, a confidential report on Iran sanctions-busting says Syria continues to receive Iranian arms shipments that violate a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by Iran.

The new report, by a panel of experts on monitoring sanctions, submitted to the Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee, also details Iranians’ efforts to circumvent sanctions on their nuclear program, noting that the punitive measures imposed on Iran between 2006 and 2010 are having a limited effect.

“Sanctions are slowing Iran’s procurement of some critical items required for its prohibited nuclear program,” the report says. “At the same time prohibited activities continue, including uranium enrichment.”

The report details three large illegal shipments of Iranian weapons sent over the past year.

“Iran has continued to defy the international community through illegal arms shipments,” the report states. “Two of these cases involved (Syria), as were the majority of cases inspected by the Panel during its previous mandate, underscoring that Syria continues to be the central party to illicit Iranian arms transfers.”

The third shipment included rockets that were eventually delivered to the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

“The Panel recommends the designation (for blacklisting) of two entities related to these interdictions,” the report says. “The report also takes note of information concerning arms shipments by Iran to other destinations.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Interior Minister: We Must Deport African Refugees

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The day after police arrested four Eritrean and Sudanese men for robbing and raping a 19 year-old woman in south Tel Aviv’s Neve Sha’anan, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said most African illegal immigrants should be rounded up and either deported or arrested.

Speaking to Army Radio on Wednesday, Yishai (Shas) distinguished between those seeking asylum and those who came to Israel as opportunists, interested in taking advantage of Israeli  humanitarian benefits or engaging in crime.  All those involved in crime should be jailed, according to Yishai, and the majority of the remainder deported, except for those who are truly threatened in their countries of origin.  “One cannot forsake the security of Israelis,” Yishai said.  Under his plan, the deported would be provided financial assistance by Israel.

South Tel Aviv has become a center of African illegal immigrants, who primarily enter the country with the aid of Bedouins through Sinai.

MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Wednesday wrote on his Facebook page that he will take steps to remove the illegal immigrants from the country.  “I intend to hold a national emergency hearing on the issue of the illegal infiltrators. The current situation is intolerable! We should expel all the infiltrators before it’s too late,” he wrote.  Danon advocates evicting over 80% of illegal immigrants from Africa and Eastern Europe.

Haaretz published parts of a report on Tuesday in which Israel’s Foreign Ministry recommended investigating the possibility of deporting refugees whose lives would not be threatened by the measure.

MK Dov Hanin (Hadash) called Yishai comments “incitement and populism”.

There are between 700 and 2,000 South Sudanese illegals in Israel, according to estimates.

On June 3, the government will issue a response to the District Court for Administrative Matters in Jerusalem regarding Israel’s ability to withdraw protection from South Sudanese asylum seekers.

Malkah Fleisher

Avigdor Liberman: Ulpana and Tal Law Replacement ‘Two Major Tests’ for New Coalition

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Foreign Minister and Israel Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman, speaking at a press conference before a party meeting, welcomed Kadima’s entrance into the coalition but stressed that the new government faces two major tests – finding a replacement for the Tal law and the impending evacuation of the Ulpana outpost.

“This is a coalition Israel needs,” Liberman said, but “these are the two most important tests, and I hope we’re wise enough to pass them.”

Referring to the Tal Law, which expires in August, he said that coalition chairman and Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin’s recent proposal was inadequate. “We will not accept it. We expect a serious proposal, and to be consulted about it. We will fight to make sure that the bill will be serious and comprehensive.”

In light of the High Court’s ruling on Monday that Ulpana must be evacuated and destroyed by July 1, he said: “I hope that we will quickly resolve the problem. The residents who have lived in Givat Ulpana for years are law-abiding citizens. This is not an illegal outpost. It is the state’s mistake, and it must take responsibility. There are ways to regulate the matter with legislation.”

Liberman supports the passage of a law that will circumvent the High Court’s ruling by legalizing Ulpana, especially in light of the fact that the state permitted Ulpana residents to build their homes and community.

Liberman also ridiculed Yair Lapid, who was preparing to shake up the political arena in the now-aborted early elections. “The chances of being elected president of the United States are much higher than the chances that his party will still exist in 2020. This is obviously a one-campaign party.”

Jewish Press Staff Writer

Methodist Conference Could Vote on Israel Divestment Motion

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Close to 1,000 delegates from around the world, representing 11-million members, are gathered at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference being held in the Tampa, Florida.

Throughout the 11-day session, delegates will debate the future of the Methodist church, which has experienced a significant participation decline in the United States. Over the last 40 years, US membership has dropped to 8 million, according to church officials.

Four years ago, the conference rejected a divestment motion. But the issue is being pushed again by anti-Israel members, objecting to “illegal settlements, segregated roads, checkpoints, a separation wall, home demolitions and other realities of occupation.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Turkey Blocks Israel from NATO Summit Over Mavi Marmara

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Turkey will block Israel from participating in a NATO summit next month because the Jewish state has not responded for the killing of Turks who attacked Israeli naval officers boarding the illegal flotilla Mavi Marmara in May 2010.

Nine Turks were killed by naval commandos, when they attacked and began beating the soldiers as they attempted to board the ship to prevent it from illegally entering Israel’s waters as part of a protest effort to reach Gaza. Seven Israeli soldiers were injured by the attacking demonstrators.

Mavi Marmara Activists Prepare Weapons for IDF Embarkation

Since then, relations between Turkey and Israel have rapidly declined, with Turkey expelling the Israeli envoy and discontinuing military cooperation.

Turkey has demanded an official apology for the incident, as well as financial compensation.

A Turkish official told Reuters that while Israel is a member of the NATO alliance, “we deem it not appropriate for Israel to be around,” until it concedes to Turkish demands.

Malkah Fleisher

On Day of Hebron House Evacuation, Netanyahu Says He Wants to Legalize Some Judea and Samaria Outposts

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will submit a plan to legalize several Judea and Samaria outposts and avoid the demolition of another.

At Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to “find a solution” for the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El “that would obviate the need for demolition.” The government had previously agreed to evacuate the illegal outpost by May.

Netanyahu also told the ministers that he will submit, with the recommendation of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a plan to legalize the outposts of Bruchin, Sansana and Rechalim, which are said to be built on private Palestinian land.

The announcement came as Jewish settlers who last week occupied a house in Hebron near the Cave of the Patriarch were evacuated by Israeli security forces.

JTA

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