Israelis Riot Against African Immigration
Rioters in the Haktiva neighborhood on Wednesday night.
More than 1,000 Israelis rioted in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Haktiva against illegal African immigrants last Wednesday, smashing store front windows and cars and calling for the removal of asylum seekers in Israel.
Crying out “the people want the Sudanese deported” and “infiltrators get out of our home,” the Israeli rioters also burned garbage cans. One group stopped a shuttle taxi and searched it for African immigrants, and smashed the windows of cars being driven by Black people. The windows of a grocery store and barbershop serving the immigrant community, as well as an Ethiopian restaurant, were broken by the demonstrators.
An African immigrant drives away with his window smashed
Police arrested 17 people in the riot, most of whom were beating African immigrants.
Israelis stopped public transport and searched for Africans.
Wednesday’s riot started out as a peaceful protest that was attended by several right-wing MP’s, including Likud MK Miri Regev, who said that “the Sudanese were a cancer in our body.”
Night of Broken Glass: Rioters smash the windows of immigrant stores.
Some demonstrators carried signs supporting Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who called for the detention and expulsion of all asylum seekers earlier this week.
The demonstration-turned-riot came days after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu gave an ominous warning that the influx of tens of thousands of Africans into Israel since 2005 is “threatening the fabric of Israeli society, its national security and its national identity.”
The “60,000 infiltrators are liable to become 600,000, and lead to the eradication of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” Netanyahu said.
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