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Israel on Wednesday said it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.

Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in public make the remarks at a cabinet meeting on the payment programme in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu said a barrier Israel completed in 2013 along its border with Egypt had effectively cut off a stream of “illegal infiltrators” from Africa after some 60,000 crossed the desert frontier.

The vast majority came from Eritrea and Sudan and many said they fled war and persecution as well as economic hardship, but Israel treats them as economic migrants.

The plan launched this week offers African migrants a 3,500 dollars payment from the Israeli government and a free air ticket to return home or go to “third countries’’, which rights groups identified as Rwanda and Uganda.

“We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out,” Netanyahu said.

An immigration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there are some 38,000 migrants living illegally in Israel, and some 1,420 are being held in two detention centres.

“Beyond the end of March, those who leave voluntarily will receive a significantly smaller payment that will shrink even more with time, and enforcement measures will begin,” the official said, referring to incarceration.

Some have lived for years in Israel and work in low-paying jobs that many Israelis shun.

Israel has granted asylum to fewer than one percent of those, who have applied and has a years-long backlog of applicants.

Rights groups have accused Israel of being slow to process African migrants’ asylum requests as a matter of policy and denying legitimate claims to the status.

Netanyahu has called the migrants’ presence a threat to Israel’s social fabric and Jewish character, and one government minister has referred to them as “a cancer”.

Teklit Michael, a 29-asylum seeker from Eritrea living in Tel Aviv, said in response to the Israeli plan that paying money to other governments to take in Africans was akin to “human trafficking and smuggling”.

“We don’t know what is waiting for us (in Rwanda and Uganda),” he said. “They prefer now to stay in prison (in Israel) instead.”

In his remarks, Netanyahu cited the large presence of African migrants in Tel Aviv’s poorer neighborhoods, where he said “veteran residents” – a reference to Israelis – no longer feel safe.

“So today, we are keeping our promise to restore calm, a sense of personal security and law and order to the residents of south Tel Aviv and those in many other neighborhoods,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

11 Comments

  1. Mama

    January 3, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I read this story and watched a documentary on racism against blacks in Israel just yesterday, and I wept for the black race. Are we cursed? What bothered me most is, we haven’t instigated any wars against others except ourselves; we haven’t colonized or enslaved another raceY; foreigners come to our lands and are treated as royalty. Yet, we are hated everywhere just for the colour of our skin. I don’t understand it.

    I read there are about 70,000 illegal immigrants of european descent in Israel compared to about 40, 000 Africans. Most of the Africans are Sudanese who are fleeing war. Yet it is these Africans who are treated cruelly and even jailed. Israel is not bothered about the Europeans, the ones who possibly contributed to the holocaust cause they are white. Even if you want to send people back why not send all out regardless of colour.

    African leaders, may God have mercy on all of you for your selfish and wicked ways!

    • ND Babe

      January 4, 2018 at 1:41 am

      Make Israel jewish again. Well, Africans noborry wants you. You will have to force change in your homeland so that you don’t have to flee. this boil is coming to a head!

    • TEE

      January 4, 2018 at 11:13 am

      You are right, mostly Nigerians dont have any clue, they rationalise everything from religion point of view. During the recent US Jerusalem anouncement they were jumping up in euphoria, the truth is Segeration policy has always been in place in isreal.. i came accross this :- Benjamin Freedmans 1961 speech at the Wiillard Hotel. on youtube and ‘Forced contraception of Jewish Ethopian women’. on Guardian UK , its an eye opener.

    • Baduwake

      January 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      AFRICAN MEN ARE NOT AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH ABOUT GLOBALISATION AND ESCAPING CHAINS! SERIOUSLY MISINTERPRETING THE MEANING O’ THE WORD “TURN UP’ and The Phenomina Of Nigerian (T.I.N.A) Music—- IT DOEZNT MEAN JOIN HANDS WITH UR LADY AND SHAKE NYASH’ TOGETHER —- BUT INSTEAD IT MEANS BELIEVE IN URSELF – OMOGE, MAKE U CONQUER!

      WE SHOULD BE TURNIN UP AS A CONTINENT DOWN TO THE LAST CHILD.

  2. Mama

    January 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    BN, when you people are done moderating my comment for hours, you would do well to release it. Thank you.

  3. Agu

    January 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Which is a good idea. i know some anti israel people will try to call tem racist but the truth is Israel is a small country by land mass the dont need immigrants. the same way China a country of 1.5 billion people dont need immigrant.

  4. bobo

    January 3, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    is this a form of racism …ive heard things about them

  5. Tony

    January 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Blacks don’t even realise how much people hate us. Instead of uniting Africans keep tearing each other down. Migrants or so called cancers prefer prison in Israel compared to going to Uganda or Rwanda. While we wail on these constant insults and ill treatment what exactly are we doing to improve the situation back in 54 countries. We need solutions cause the causes are known.

  6. omo mummy

    January 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    na wa oooo

  7. Valentine

    January 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    The Jews are naturally racist and netanyahu is a racist of the highest order. He showed to it Obama as president of the united States because he was black. I wonder what the blacks are looking for in Israel, the cursed country. Reject his money and go back your country!

  8. Lovely

    January 4, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Natenyahu is a racist and everyone knows. He is presently warming up to useless retarded Trump because they share the same values. There need to be a social revolution in Africa where all issues working against our progress will be dealt with and make the Continent great again.

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