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  • Municipal authorities raid and shutter asylum seekers' businesses in Tel Aviv

    Dozens of Tel Aviv municipal officers, border policemen and private movers raided several businesses run by African asylum seekers around Tel Aviv's central bus station, confiscating goods and welding the doors shut. Officials also poured bleach into food in a Darfur refugee's restaurant. Is city hall preparing for the upcoming municipal elections? A group of municipal officials led an operation to close African asylum seekers' illegal businesses in the south Tel Aviv neighborhoods of Neve Sha'anan and Shapira at around 7 p.m. Sunday night. The municipal officers were accompanied by Border Police officers, a photographer and several large moving trucks…

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  • Africa's less-known business ventures offer lessons for Israel

    As Israelis look for solutions to deal with some of the country's growing economic and social problems, they could stand to sometimes take a few less lessons from America and a few more from Africa. Finance ministers and bank officials from Africa and investing countries are heading to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, for the annual gathering of the African Development Bank. The international lending group's two-day meeting begins on Thursday, but it was preceded by a forum focused on helping some of Africa's less known ventures: entrepreneurs from the southern continent who have gathered in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to…

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