At least 200 Eritreans falsely claiming to be “asylum seekers” in Israeli face deportation as early as this Friday, when they must decide between leaving the country or imprisonment in the Saharonim prison, Israeli media has reported.
Above: A leaflet being distributed in Israel to African invaders.
According to a report in the Jerusalem-based Times of Israel, the Israeli Foreign Minister began distributing deportation notices to the nonwhites on February 4 to those who came to renew their two-month visas.
The notices give the Africans two months to either leave the country with a $3,500 grant or face imprisonment in Saharonim prison.
Another group of 200 African invaders being held in the Israeli Holot concentration camp in the south of that country near the border with Egypt were handed deportation notices on January 17, and given 30 days to decide.
If on February 16, they refuse to leave the country, they will be taken across the street to Saharonim prison, the Times of Israel reported.
In the interim, both the Israeli Interior Ministry and Eritrean activists have stepped up their lobbying efforts to reach asylum seekers, the paper added.
On the one side is the Population Immigration and Borders Authority, which has continued papering south Tel Aviv with notices promising $3,500, airfare, and assistance arranging travel documents to the Africans who agree to leave.
On the other side are leaders in the African invader community who are trying to discourage anyone from agreeing to deportation. The more people who refuse deportation, the more pressure will be placed on Saharonim prison when the Holot Detention Center is closed in March, they say.
There are approximately 38,000 Africans in Israel, according to the Interior Ministry. About 72 percent are Eritrean and 20 percent are Sudanese. The vast majority arrived between 2006 and 2012.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said last week the Africans are “illegal immigrants who come here for work purposes” and are destroying neighborhoods in south Tel Aviv, where the vast majority lives.
According to reports, the government hopes to deport 600 asylum seekers per month for the first year.
The Population Immigration and Border Authority distributed flyers in four languages warning asylum seekers that the leaving grant of $3,500 will decrease in the future, and that applications for asylum filed after January 1, 2018, will not delay deportations.
Flyers advertising the “special track” were scattered on sidewalks across the Neve Shaanan neighborhood.
Thousands of African invaders demonstrated outside of the Rwandan embassy in Herzliya last Wednesday for the second time in two weeks, demanding the country not accept the deportees from Israel.
Eritrean activists with the political opposition group Eritreans United for Justice have also organized “morale days” at the Holot concentration camp in a bid to convince the Africans not to agree to deportation, even if that means extended imprisonment.
“People don’t know what’s going on, people from the government are telling them that they have protection and safety in Rwanda and Uganda, and we are telling them that’s not true,” said Afoworki Kidane, 37, an Eritrean who has been in Israel for eight years and helped organize a Morale Day at Holot on January 29.
During a morale day, Eritrean volunteers, many of whom spent a year at Holot themselves, brought traditional Eritrean food and a local band to the area outside of Holot’s gates.
Kidane said that his organization was telling the Africans to go to prison rather than be deported.