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  • Stop excusing the 'have-nots' for racism and violence

    The riots in South Tel Aviv are further evidence of the violent racism among Israel's Sephardi underclass. It's part of a worldwide, historic phenomenon among poor people that the left doesn't want to face up to.   As a matter of principle, I think Israel has to relocate the great majority of African refugees from South Tel Aviv's poor Jewish neighborhoods. It isn't fair to the Hatikva and Shapira quarters to have to absorb such a large, alien, troubled and in some ways troubling population when middle-class and upper-class Israel don't have to absorb any refugees at all.  I believe that if left to its own devices, society will turn…

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  • Israel's African problem: An interview with Mark Regev

    The full transcript of an interview with Mark Regev, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official spokesman, on the African refugee problem in Israel. In light of the recent events concerning Sudanese refugees in Israel and the outburst of violent demonstrations in Tel Aviv, I have decided to publish an interview I conducted with Israel’s Mark Regev on April 2 to better understand the government position in regards to the African refugees in its borders. The interview, which was conducted for an article I was writing in Rolling Stone magazine, took place shortly after a court injunction was placed on the Israeli…

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  • Knesset passes bill on prolonged detention of refugees without trial

    Despite loud opposition, the amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law, which passed with a large majority, would detain asylum seekers for three years without trial, or indefinitely if they come from "enemy" countries like Sudan By Elizabeth Tsurkov The Knesset passed on Monday night an amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law, which metes out harsh punishments on Africans seeking refuge in Israel. The law passed the second and third readings in the plenum with a large majority (37-8) following a boisterous discussion. Under the law, refugees would be held for three years in detention without trial or any…

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