Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to begin constructing large camps in Israel to house Sudanese refugees. The plan involves moving tens of thousands of illegal African migrants from Tel Aviv and other locations to tent cities.
25,000 tents at five detention centers are being constructed to house the flood of Immigrants from Sudan. “I really don’t know what to do,” Khaled, a South Sudanese migrant residing in Israel since 2007, was quoted by Haaretz as saying in reaction to the court ruling. “It’s sending people and families to a dangerous place. I’m afraid to go back there with the kids, will they have a future in such a place?”
The Israeli courts have decided that Sudan is now safe enough to return the migrants to their homeland, and that their lives are no longer in danger there. Interior ministry spokesperson Sabine Hadad said on Friday that ”those who willingly leave within the next week or two will receive cash incentives of $1 200 and a plane ticket.”
This sudden, and swift action has taken place as a spike in racial tensions led to a riot in southern Tel Aviv on May 23rd, where tens of thousands of migrants live. The tensions have hit full circle, as the Sudanese immigrants are in competition with the Israeli working class for jobs.
The Dailystar has cited Interior Minister Eli Yishai as saying “I hope that in the coming months we shall be able to move all the infiltrators to detention facilities and allow Israeli citizens in south Tel Aviv and others to live in a proper way … in quiet and security.” ”They are close to being expelled either willingly or against their will,” he said. “This is a number that threatens the Jewish identity.”
Israel also intends to build a high security barrier on its border with Egypt where it is believed many undocumented citizens have been entering Israel.