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Netanyahu Regime Offers African Migrants $3,500 to Leave Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has doubled down on his hardline immigration rhetoric by going as far to announce a policy which will offer African migrants a payment worth $3,500 and free air travel to return to the nations they emigrated from.

“We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out,” Netanyahu said in remarks embodying how hardline his ruling faction has become.

Following public remarks from Netanyahu in which he recounted his previous efforts in 2013 to rein in illegal immigrants entering the country from Israel’s border with Egypt, the Prime Minister announced a plan to expel the remaining entirety of the 60,000 Africans who entered the country before it was able to erect a barrier to prevent them from doing so.

Since then, Israel has already deported a third of that number – 20,000.

Further details on the policy elucidate how Israel will partner with alternative destinations to expel African migrants to.

Migrant rights groups have surmised that Rwanda and Uganda have joined forces with Netanyahu’s government to facilitate the mass deportation scheme.

Israeli Immigration officials conveyed that there are presently 38,000 migrants freely living illegally in Israel along with 1,420 being held in detention centers.

While the $3,500 incentive to leave Israel is on the table now, those officials have stated that that monetary award will shrink after March until it’s eventually weened down to zero and any migrants found to be in the country afterward will face incarceration.

Netanyahu’s latest immigration crackdown isn’t the first instance in which a Knesset under his rule has been maligned for policy making its critics have characterized as a xenophobic violation of human rights. in 2013, a report emerged that African migrants coming to Israel had been unknowingly subjected to mandatory contraceptive injections.

Depo-Provera injections administered in three month periods drew comparisons to forced sterilization campaigns like those conducted during the Holocaust.

That human rights abuse affected over 130,000 Ethiopian migrants who themselves were Jewish and had repatriated to Israel under the tenet of Aliyah, which Jews acknowledge as the birthright of their religions adherents to seek refuge in Israel.

To garner support for his current proposal to initiate a mass expulsion of African migrants, Netanyahu stoked fear in his citizens nationwide by characterizing the illegal immigrants as an existential threat to Israel, an oft-repeated line he has aimed at his opponents throughout his decades in Israeli politics.

Netanyahu expounded on the premise that his impetus to deport migrants was rooted in populist support, painting a picture in which he illustrated how residents of Tel Aviv live in fear due to the presence of Africans who have come to settle there.

“So today, we are keeping our promise to restore calm, a sense of personal security and law and order to the residents of south Tel Aviv and those in many other neighborhoods,” he said.

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