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Israeli minister seeks approval to deport all Sudanese, Eritrean refugees


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 31, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - Israel’s Interior Minister has requested for legal approval to allow authorities to carryout the mass deportation of tens and thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers and migrants.

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According to Israeli news outlets, interior minister, Eli Yishai, has called on the justice and foreign ministries to give him the authority to deport the remaining estimated 50,000 Sudanese and Eritrean refugees.

Yishai made the calls shortly after an Eritrean migrant alleged raped an elderly woman in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Yishai said the shocking rape against the 83 year old lady demonstrates Israelis’ “lost sense of security” due to the presence of what he referred to as “infiltrators.”

He called on the ministries to permit him to wrap up his plans aimed "to stop the flow in of infiltrators and return them to their countries."

"Completion of the security barrier, the installation of detention center and passing a law that will allow the imprisonment of infiltrators" hinge on moves from the Foreign and Justice Ministries’ he said.

Currently there are some 30,000 Eritrean refugees in Israel and some 15,000 from Sudan.

According to ministry figures, the refugees from the two East African countries make up more than 80 percent of the total refugees Israel hosts.

All Eritreans between the age of 17 and 50 are required to do a mandatory national or military service for nearly two years however, refugees say the service is usually extended indefinitely.

Eritrea considers its fleeing nationals as traitors and deserters from the army and those who return often end up behind bars secret prison facilities in harsh conditions for an indefinite period without charges being pressed against them.

Risk analysts, Maplecroft, in 2012 ranked Sudan as the country with the world’s worst human rights index score and Eritrea with the 16th worst.

In June month hundreds of African asylum seekers marched on the UN offices in Tel Aviv, calling for fair treatment in the face of incendiary political rhetoric.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said that “the breach of our borders by infiltrators could threaten the Jewish and democratic state […] we will begin by removing the infiltrators from South Sudan and move on to others.”

Also, Israel’s interior minister, Eli Yishai, has said “Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man.”

Amid violent, 1,000-strong anti-immigrant protests in May in which African residents were attacked, Miri Regev, a legislator and member of Knesset (the legislative arm of the Israeli government), said that Sudanese refugees are a “cancer in our body.”

Despite the clear danger posed against the refugees, Israel however keeps threatening and deporting the African migrants, contrary to international law.


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  • 1 January 2013 14:03, by Ayom Ayom

    The poor Arabs and poor Eritrean, send them back all to their respective countries and the will die poor.

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  • 1 January 2013 16:16, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

    To all common and intellectual people around the World
    If every country uses the same Israeli policy, how would the World looks like?
    Why is the World working hard to solve Iran and Israel issues when both countries do not want people from different race, color, religion to live in thier countries?

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  • 1 January 2013 16:38, by M.ELSUDANY

    for your info Israel PM said quote"we will begin by removing the infiltrators from South Sudan and move on to others.” wake up you can’t tell the Israelis who is Arab and who is not I guess they knew Arabs more than you do !! get ready to help the Southern Sudanese who are returning from Israel.

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    • 1 January 2013 18:13, by Baring

      Israel should learn from the pass when they are all refugee in Europe and Rassia they being giving shalters not druging out of the country..

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  • 1 January 2013 20:18, by garbawi

    my dear southen sudanese really we miss you too much .. eps in christmas and new year celebration sudan has never been like before but hopefully not for ever ...
    happy new year for every body in sudan and south sudan >>
    as I know many of sudanese people in Israel is from south sudan and darfour ..the israeli minster can return the south sudanese but not people from sudan

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    • 1 January 2013 21:22, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Let sudanese came back to south sudan,does not matter if they are West,East,North,south; we all sudanese. They can not died in Isreal like a dogs. let them come here,it is their land,they can come to died in their land. They can come to fight in their Land for liberty. No black person should died for forigners cause war. They must died for their own war.our relationship is Business,Diplomatic only

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  • 1 January 2013 21:05, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    African stay away in unsafe forigners countries. Middles East-Europe have the same hatred against black people. Black people must protect their Land,and make ita safe to live. Middle East have drugs, a lot of African to death in their countries. Isreali does not care about relationship with Africa;only Govrt for political,war,business again in Africa. Isreali is not diff with Arab,Naszi Ideology

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    • 2 January 2013 00:41, by mohamed mahgoub

      N.D.L thanks for the good feeling & welcoming ur black brothers from N.Sudan,but we can’t blame the Israelis for what they doing to ensure their homeland security,however it our govnt brutality that created this mess,even the southern sudanese when they end up there seeking refuge simply they fled from Sudan not SSudan Republic

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  • 2 January 2013 02:50, by australian

    Western countries are not endlessly rich and able to support constant streams of refugees into their countries. Also, the behaviour of the refugees is important, not their skin colour.
    By the way, when Australia is overtaken with Muslims, can I come to live in South Sudan? I’ll be good, I promise!

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