A crowd of around 20,000 Africans—more than half of all the invaders pretending to be “refugees” in that country—have taken part in a demonstration in Tel Aviv against their imminent deportation from the Jewish ethnostate.
According to a report in the Jerusalem-based Times of Israel, the Africans—joined by a handful of far leftist Jews—demonstrated next to the New Central Bus Station in south Tel Aviv on Saturday night, in protest of the government’s deportation plan which is set to begin in earnest in March.
Thousands of people filled Levinsky Street chanting “the people demand a stop to the deportations!” with signs quoting Jewish texts about loving the stranger.
There are approximately 38,000 Africans pretending to be “asylum seekers” in Israel, according to the Interior Ministry. About 72 percent are Eritrean and 20% are Sudanese. The vast majority arrived between 2006 and 2012.
A law approved by the Knesset in December stipulates that the Interior Ministry will deport asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda starting in March.
About 150 counter-demonstrators were cordoned off to an area a block away from the main protest. They held signs that said “Liars, go home!” with pictures of planes, referring to the planned deportations.
“I was born and lived my whole life in the Shapira neighborhood, and we’ve been suffering from this violence for years,” said Reuven Mirayev, a lawyer. “I can’t go out at night, as soon as it gets dark, my daughters have to come home.”
On Saturday, ahead of the demonstration, Israeli police said they detained two men, one armed, after they allegedly made online threats to disrupt the rally.
It said the men were “detained for questioning,” after making a Facebook post apparently calling for a violent counter-protest as opponents of a government crackdown on the migrants gathered in Tel Aviv.
“Friends, it’s happening… the battle to throw out the infiltrators,” said the post, reproduced in a police statement. “It’s time to riot and defend our home.”
Police said comments posted in response to the Facebook entry included “I am armed.”
A recent poll by the respected Israel Democracy Institute found two-thirds of the Jewish public agreed with the planned expulsions. The migrants’ best hope may be the government’s lack of preparation. Prison authorities are skeptical they will be able to process the 15,000 to 20,000 expected to be jailed. There are approximately 500 beds available in the Saharonim prison, the only prison that can accept asylum seekers who refuse deportation.
In 2012, an anti-migrant demonstration in Tel Aviv drew about 1,000 participants and descended into violence as crowds attacked African-run shops.