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Is Israel right in deporting African migrants

June 20, 2012

Israel this week started deporting a planeload of migrants to South Sudan early on Monday, the first of a series of weekly repatriation flights intended as a stepping stone to dealing with much greater influxes of migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and Ivory Coast.

About 60,000 Africans have crossed into Israel across its porous border with Egypt in recent years. Israel says the vast majority are job seekers, disputing arguments by humanitarian agencies that they should be considered for asylum.

Many in Israel see the Africans as a threat to public order and to the demographics of the Jewish state. Street protests, some violent, have put pressure on the government, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of Africans “flooding” and “swamping” Israel, threatening “the character of the country”.

The government has seized on the few hundred South Sudanese migrants, whose de facto refugee status was rescinded by an Israeli court this month, and whose government, sympathetic to Israel, is happy to take them back

Some of the migrants have accused government right-wingers of racist incitement and inflammatory language. Some Israelis too, are uncomfortable with the idea of rounding up members of a different racial group and holding them in camps, seeing a betrayal of Jewish values and even distant echoes of the Nazi Holocaust, all in a country built by immigrants and refugees.

Do you think Israel is doing the right thing deporting African migrants?

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Israel can deport anyone they want they are migrant workers,they are allowing some to stay and paying those that leave but of course facts are left out of this news source. Just like any other country does. They need to deport all them terrorist Arabs in Gaza and Judea and Samaria once and for all too. They are the scum of the earth and need to go back where they came from, Arab lands

Posted by iranaware | Report as abusive
 

I think this is a terrible action. Israel stood apart from the entire world in taking in refugees from Africa, especially from the nightmare of Islamist terror in Sudan. And now, Netanyahu is deporting them, claiming they threaten “the character of the country”? This is plain racism, reinforcing my impression that Mr. Netanyahu is a U.S. agent, charged with politically undermining Israel even as he poses as a super-patriot. (It was Netanyahu who, after Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. wrote in the NY Times that many of the flotilla people the IDF had captured were known terrorists carrying large quantities of cash, ordered that they be released without trials. A funny super-patriot, ain’t he?)

True, the Africans are not being sent back to their deaths, which is what the Arab states did when they caught Sudanese refugees earlier. But a) the policy is plain racist; b) the message it sends the world does infinitely more harm than any pressure 60,000 people place on Israel’s job situation and c) it is a slap in the face to South Sudan, which is very pro-Israel — and is so for good reason, since Israel was one of the few countries that took practical steps to help the South Sudanese during their horrific struggle.

So I say: deport Netanyahu to the U.S. Keep the Africans. They improve the character of the country. He makes it worse.

Jared Israel
http://emperors-clothes.com

Posted by jared_M_Israel | Report as abusive
 

I think this is a terrible action. Israel stood apart from the entire world in taking in refugees from Africa, especially from the nightmare of Islamist terror in Sudan. And now, Netanyahu is deporting them, claiming they threaten “the character of the country”? Unbeleivable.

True, the Africans are not being sent back to their deaths, which is what the Arab states did when they caught Sudanese refugees in the earlier period. But a) the policy is blatanatnly racist — remember the justification whites in the U.S. had for moving out when blacks moved in, that it “ruined the neighborhood”? what’s the diffeence here?; b) the message it sends the world does infinitely more harm to Israel than any pressure that 60,000 people could possibly place on Israel’s job situation and c) it is manifestly a slap in the face to South Sudan, which is very pro-Israel — and is so for good reason, since Israel was one of the few countries that took practical steps to help the South Sudanese during their horrific struggle.

Given the vast and obvious harm this does — portraying the Jewish state, the only country that showed any mercy towards the people brutalized in South Sudan, as racist — and given that Netanyahu is manifestly smart enough to know it does immense harm, his action only makes sense as a provocation — a deliberate attempt to discreidt Israel — thus reinforcing my impression that Mr. Netanyahu is a U.S. agent, charged with politically undermining Israel even as he poses as a super-duper-patriot. (As you may recall, it was Netanyahu who, after Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. wrote in the NY Times that many of the flotilla people the IDF had captured were known terrorists carrying large quantities of cash, ordered that they all be released without trials. A funny super-duper-patriot, ain’t he?)

So I say: deport Netanyahu to the U.S. but keep the Africans. They improve the character of the country. He makes it worse.

Jared Israel
http://emperors-clothes.com

Posted by jared_M_Israel | Report as abusive
 

Of course Israel is right.

Every country has not just the right, but for the safety of its citizens, the obligation to control its borders.

From what I’ve read the only “violence” comes from demonstrations against deportations.

Posted by Adam.Smith | Report as abusive
 

It doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong it will still be used as yet another reason to hate Jews.

Posted by mphr | Report as abusive
 

Why do people always find fault with Israel? This tiny country with a populationof about 7 million people is not doing anything less than the rest of the world. Please read the following:

Alex Swain from the UK Border Agency said: “Our message to people who are in the UK illegally is that they must leave. As these cases make clear, if they refuse to do so we will enforce their removal.

“We are determined to crack down on offenders and are sending a simple, clear message to people who are here illegally – more raids are planned and you will be caught.”

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered the expulsion of illegal Gypsies and “itinerant immigrants” while Saudi Arabia has stepped up the deportation of in excess of 1,000 Somalis every month.

Mandatory detention was officially authorized by the US federal government in 1996 with the enactment of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA). From 1996 to 1998, the number of immigrants in detention increased from 8,500 to 16,000 and by 2008 this number increased to more than 30,000. According to the Global Detention Project, the United States possesses the largest immigration detention system in the world. In 2003, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) was created under the Department of Homeland Security. ICE enforces the United States’ immigration and customs laws, uses investigative techniques to apprehend and detain those suspected of violating them, and then deports many of these individuals. The Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO), housed within ICE, oversees the detention and deportation of immigrants taken into custody by ICE. Currently, ICE detains immigrants in fifteen detention centers (including privatized facilities), in state and local jails, in juvenile detention centers, and in shelters.

Posted by SamuelClemmens | Report as abusive
 

250 000 + Pallistnians lost their citinship (leggaly ???)
There are more raccissim on the Etheoipan jews than most can understand !!!!!
I left my birth country(South Africa) because what I saw , was and still is ..intolabrel

Posted by Me_bee | Report as abusive
 

Israeli – can they learn to follow the lame-duck African Obama, who treats illegal as legal and fails to protect the border of his country – USA.

Posted by Ounbbl | Report as abusive
 

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