Cruel and questionable deterrence

In 2010 only six out of 3,366 applications for asylum were approved here –
far less than 1 percent.

By Don Futterman


An estimated 50,000 African refugees, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, have snuck into Israel through Sinai over the past five years. They tend to concentrate in areas such as south Tel Aviv, taking jobs away from the poorest of Israelis, and increasing public disorder. Their arrival has changed the complexion of entire neighborhoods and given locals the feeling they have been invaded, leading Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai to demand that the prime minister save his city. The problem is not unique to Israel – waves of impoverished illegals challenge many Western countries – but Israel’s size and Jewish character make it a special case.

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