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Marketing 'no-blacks' apartment buildings in Tel Aviv

Amid efforts to deport, imprison and segregate African asylum seekers in Israel, real estate agents are now marketing ‘clean’ apartment blocs, meaning no foreign workers or asylum seekers will live there.

African asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park, June 20, 2008 (Illustrative photo: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

Last week Army Radio reported that real estate agencies in south Tel Aviv are advertising “clean apartments.” According to Army Radio’s web site, a real estate agent said, “we don’t let foreign workers rent the apartments. If there are foreigners, then they’re Nepali or Filipino – normal people.” Whoever listened to the radio broadcast could hear the agent say, “not blacks.” For some unknown reason, those two words were omitted from Army Radio’s report on the web.

Presumably we won’t hear the prime minister, president, or any senior official condemn this phenomenon. Anyone monitoring what is going on here shouldn’t be surprised. If the State of Israel believes that asylum seekers belong in administrative detention in a hot prison in the desert, why wouldn’t it be legitimate for individuals to declare that they won’t rent  apartments to those asylum seekers? If the Interior Ministry insists on a country free of asylum seekers, why shouldn’t real estate agents declare that apartments don’t have “infiltrators.”

In recent months the State of Israel has been abusing asylum seekers in a manner that makes us miss former interior minister Eli Yishai. Yishai the racist was very vocal in expressing his desire to embitter the lives of asylum seekers. But his replacement, who refrains from making dramatic announcements, and the executive branch are advancing a heretofore unknown policy. The state is working hard to advance weapons deals aimed at convincing dictatorships to rid Israel of the unwanted waste currently in the country.

The attorney general, his deputy, and several other aides have been drafting new regulations for the Interior Ministry in recent weeks, including a procedure allowing incarceration without trial for an indefinite period of time for individuals suspected of misdemeanors including stealing telephones or bicycles, or a procedure allowing for the “voluntary return” of asylum seekers (complete free will – a choice between endless rotting in an Israeli prison or the threat of persecution in their country of origin). Those people in the Justice Ministry certainly sleep well at night when they tell themselves that they are just small technicians helping implement the decisions of others, as is customary in these parts.

The notion of clean spaces is not new, and it’s not surprising that it is now being applied to “infiltrators.” One of the candidates for chief rabbi, Shmuel Eliyahu, encouraged people not to rent apartments to Arabs in the past. Even among those who condemned him was someone who already expressed her support for the right of residents of communal settlements to decide that they do not want Arabs living among them, and that municipalities have the right to decide that they do not want children of asylum seekers enrolled in schools within their jurisdiction.

In Israel’s trade catalog, arms and asylum seekers are equal commodities 
When ‘black’ becomes synonymous with ‘infiltrator’ 

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    1. rsgengland

      The heading of this article is inflammatory, to say the least.
      Do these landlords block Israelis from Africa, and dark skinned Mizrachi?
      I think not!
      This move is directed directly at the “economic migrants” that flocked to Israel over a short period of years.
      There is a crackdown in many parts of our wonderfully diverse world,
      directed at these “economic migrants”.
      It is becoming a universal problem, as people strive to leave economically and/or politically unstable lands, hoping for a better life elsewhere.
      They stretch the social and civil resources of the host countries.
      Language – Religion – Culture – Education are all factors.
      The sheer numbers involved are a problem in themselves, preventing a proper assimilation into the host culture.
      The only solution to this problem is to ascertain which are genuine “asylum Seekers”, and then to repatriate, wherever possible, the rest.
      Unpleasant! Yes!
      Avoidable! No!

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      • That was my take initially, too… an inflammatory title that “read more into it than was there.”

        If realtors are doing it, that may be culturally or socially stupid, but might be profitable business for them, too.

        If they’re deliberately keeping immigrants FROM renting in specific areas… well, the US went through that, too, and eventually make it illegal.

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    2. Mrs C Adamovich

      People should have a choice where and with whom they live next to.

      I for one wouldn’t want to live in a building or areas swamped with those from developing countries or the third world irrespective of color.

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      • BaladiAkka48

        Of course that also goes for, let’s say Americans or Frenchmen who don’t want to live in the same building as Jews in New York or Paris, right ?
        And you wouldn’t call that racist at all, would you….

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        • Mrs C Adamovich

          I can’t see how that could be regarded as ‘racist’ – Jewish people aren’t a race.

          Do let me know when a private landlord can tell whether one is Jewish.

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    3. The Trespasser

      “African asylum seekers with a stolen bicycle in south Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park.” would be a more suitable caption for the photo.

      >Whoever listened to the radio broadcast could hear the agent say, “not blacks.”

      African “asylum-seekers” are hardly ever (never?) referred to as “blacks”, due to the fact that there are “black” Israelis, Jews and not.

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      • JG

        >“African asylum seekers with a stolen bicycle in south Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park.” would be a more suitable caption for the photo.

        Fascist slut would be the best title to all photos of you.

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      • SusiCH

        “African asylum seekers with a stolen bicycle in south Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park.”

        Even if it were stolen, that bicycle –
        How about the Israelis living all over on stolen land?
        How about a demcratic and jewish society that is stealing away life basics from human beings and animals, that is suffocating whole villages and the people therein by letting them die by hunger, thirst, despair?

        Kind of naive, I thought, leaving to others what you as a matter of course claim for yourself was part of “Jewish Ethics”; I guess I was wrong. I am learning.

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    4. XYZ

      I suggest they rent out apartments in Shimon Peres’ building in upscale Ramat Aviv to these illegal aliens. We could easily fit 30 or 40 in those spacious apartements and I am sure the neighbors, most of whom support HADASH, MERETZ and the Labor would welcome such ethnic diversity in their backyard.

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      • shimon peres

        Before, we accept them in my building, we’d like to know why you don’t want to accept them ?

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        • Aaron Gross

          For the same reason that you wouldn’t want to accept them, Mr. President.

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        • XYZ

          Since you are not rushing to accept them, I don’t want them for the same reason you don’t. Disorder, noise, possible criminal activity (I don’t want Jewish criminals in my building either). This is yet another patented 972 “bash Israel” piece.

          I’ll tell you what….tell the Palestinians to accept them. You know how much they love blacks and other people outside their clan. Here’s an example…the Beduin town of Rahat has three clans in it, each in a separate neighborhood. Each neighborhood is a no-go zone for people from the other two. Now, these are all Beduins. How would they like to have this illegal African aliens in their turf?

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    5. hinok

      Refuge hate refuge,they were refuge entire life and now they hate refuge.Any way one day they will need us black Africans time will come dont worry and dont forget this.we will pay back.

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    6. rykart

      To each his own.

      I’d certainly never live in a building that allowed Israelis.

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    7. Fernando

      Even though the juice are racists every country should have the right to decide who lives in it’s borders.

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    8. Since the fear is that these individuals might live in “clean” areas, the presumption is that in itself living in Israel is not a crime (otherwise, call the police and have the prospective renter sent to camp). It is, then, a violation of equal protection of the law, and the first four comments could, mutatis mutandis, be relocated to Jim Crow America, Apartheid South Africa, 1920-1930 middle America (over Germans), and, of course, those who, in many places in many times, applied this logic to Jews.

      Passer really doesn’t have to make his case anymore. All he has to do is post a little something and watch the comments roll in.

      The 614th “commandment” is give Hitler no posthumous victories. Seems to me that employing the tools of racial exclusion in wanton disregard of the equal protection of the law does exactly that.

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    9. Red Sea


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    10. Sarah Joneson

      So just how many Eritreans you got living in YOUR building? And how much of YOUR salary have YOU donated to helping the Eritreans out?

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    11. hammersmith

      and they marched at Selma…or so they tell us….

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    12. Matthew Dunnyveg

      I’m afraid I must side with the Israelis on this one. Along with every other group, Israelis have a right to a country of their own. As such, they have the same right to keep unwanted people out of their country as they have to keep unwanted people out of their homes–and for good reasons, bad reasons, or no reasons at all. I would argue that Americans and Europeans have the same rights, and it’s high time we started exercising them.

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    13. Bobbala

      Interesting concept — owning private property.

      In the US, our labor and possessions must be surrendered to Africans on demand — and they do love to demand.

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    14. Noevil9

      There is something seriously wrong with the brains of some of these posters when they try to defend everything Israel and Israelis do something,that is wrong. They just compare it to another wrong thing,and in their sick mind,that should make OK ? No wonder they don’t see anything wrong with the way Palestinians are treated ,as they seem to be the same names who defend and rationalize every crime Israel commits. Therapy should be a good start for this condition.

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    15. JayHobeSound

      The nationalist flag-worshippers in the US screech about locking our borders down, deporting the illegal immigrants, etc., – apparently not remembering that non-North Americans came ashore and stole the country from those already occupying it.

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    16. Hoekom Jy My Haat

      What is wrong with people wanting to live with people like themselves? Why make it sound racist? It’s perfectly normal.

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    17. I think everyone should have right to stay anywhere following general instruction and rule of that residential area. Every country men has to go to other country for work and some people like the climate and environment of that place and decide to sty there. If such person are not involved in illegal activities then they should allow to live in that country.

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    18. michael

      In the beginning it was not so no man or woman or race is suppose to live below human standard but today we see it every where to the extent that they call we blacks even myself slave,s. at work i do my job and my fellow israeli job and even my managers job yet am not paid according to the standard rate of this country if i talk they treaten to chase me away.only God can save blacks but remember we are all humans created equally by God

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