Israel trying to get rid of migrants on Palestinian territories
Searching at one home and the next, the Israeli government have started a mass deportation program by rounding up refugees to send them back home.
The decision comes after a court in Jerusalem legalised the policy of transferring all 1,500 South-Sudanese migrants in Israel back to their native country.
Planned by the Interior Minister Eli Yishai, the search plan is merely just a piece of a larger policy to deport all of Israel’s asylum seekers.
The Minister said: “Muslims that arrive here do not even believe this country belongs to us, to the white man”.
He also said that he is ready to use “all tools to expel the foreigners, until not one infiltrator remains. This decision is also supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Michael Bazia, a community organiser, said: “They are going from house to house and rounding up people. They tell us, ‘Get your things and go’. The [people] are willing to go home, but not in this manner. We are tired of this. We’ve only had independence for 10 months. You can’t build a state in 10 months”.
The authorities are mounting huge amounts of pressure upon the immigrants to “voluntarily” leave Israel by offering them subsidised departure flights and immunity from jail time.
Under the recently reviewed illegal entry laws, asylum seekers can be in prison for up to three years. If any Israelis are found helping them in any way, the individual can be sentenced for five years and given a fine of over $1m.
An immigration agent said: “Whoever wants to leave voluntarily can receive a grant and some time to sort their affairs in Israel; this is much more respectful; each person should decide according to their own consideration”.
With prison looming over them, six arrested families decided to sign the departure statements and several African migrants in hiding have accepted the strong-arm deal.
Refugee families who did not sign the statements were split apart with men kept in a separate facility from the women and children.
Politicians, against migration, are hoping to expand this deportarion plan by legalising the transfer for all refugees.
At the moment, only Eritrean and North Sudanese immigrants receive temporary stays but Yishai is already planning on grinding away those protections.
He said: “As for the Eritrean citizens, I haven’t given up yet. I met with the Eritrean ambassador to Israel who told me of the situation there, and the situation there is good. Security wise, it is no more dangerous than Sderot”.
“They have problems in the African countries? Let the UN handle those problems. Let it handle it [the problems] better than it handled the problems in Syria,” he added. “It is unacceptable that the UN is not solving these problems and we have to pay for it. I’m not the Eritrean welfare minister and not the Sudanese labour minister”.
On the other hand, Israelis are hastily constructing a new detention facility to store over 10,000 asylum seekers.
A construction worker on site was reported to have said: “We’re building the Sudanese a political asylum. The inmates will stay in shipping containers turned into mobile homes”.