Israeli authorities have begun distributing deportation notices to thousands of African migrants, according to Associated Press.
In letters delivered on Sunday, Israel says the migrants have 60 days to accept the offer to leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3 500 and a plane ticket. Those who don’t by April 1 will be incarcerated indefinitely.
At least 40 000 migrants, nearly all from Eritrea and Sudan, fled danger for the safety and opportunities of Israel in recent years. The deportation plan has sparked outrage in Israel, where groups of pilots, doctors, writers, rabbis and Holocaust survivors have appealed to have it halted. They say the deportations are unethical and would damage Israel’s image as a refuge for Jewish migrants.
Africans are not the only refugees in Israel, reason why so many have been questioning why Israel wants Africans out, while European countries are giving them a home.
The issue of ‘Africans not wanted in Israel’ did not begin today, it dates as far as 5 years back when Israelites took to the streets saying they want no more of Africans in Israel, to some Africans were taking over their jobs, and some Africans response to this is; this came up probably because Africans are smatter.
After that it became very difficult for Africans to seek asylum in Israel giving a rise to the number of illegal migrants in the country. The number has risen to about 40,000 and now Israel says they do not want them anymore, pushing them to Rwanda and Uganda.
Israel seeks to become a permanent member of the AU
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in the past expressed the desire for Israel to become a member of the African Union, in a renewed bid to increase cooperation with the continent.
On a trip to several African nations, Netanyahu has repeatedly emphasised the importance of increased ties between Israel and African governments. During a speech in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with 11 other heads of state present, Netanyahu pledged to deepen trade, security and agricultural relations with neighbouring countries.
Analysts have been questioning the PM’s desire to increase cooperation with Africa by joining the African Union, after Israel announced plans to send away African refugees.