The question of what to do with African ‘refugees’ in south Tel Aviv is a burning one for the predominantly Mizrahi residents, as they are the primary victims of local criminal activity and rape. Report on Netanyahu’s tour of the area by Arutz Sheva (with thanks: Simone):
Netanyahu: ‘Residents are afraid to leave their homes’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured south Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon and promised residents that he would take action to return illegal infiltrators to their home countries or other countries willing to receive them. Although his government built a fence to keep additional illegals out, there are close to 40,000 who managed to enter Israel before the fence was completed.
“We are here on the mission to bring the citizens of Israel back to south Tel Aviv. I listened to all the residents, and what I hear is pain and distress,” Netanyahu said.
The Prime Minister toured south Tel Aviv against the backdrop of a Supreme Court ruling that illegal infiltrators cannot be detained indefinitely for refusing to be voluntarily deported. He promised to set up a ministerial committee to resolve the situation.
Netanyahu was joined by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, and MK Miri Ohana (Likud). Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely visited south Tel Aviv and spoke with residents.
Minister Regev said that the infiltrators are not refugees. “People who arrive here by passing through two countries (the infiltrators reach Israel by way of Egypt and the Sinai, ed.) are not refugees. They are infiltrators. It is the residents of south Tel Aviv who have become refugees in their own country.”