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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"Hope everyone is having a good week!
There will no longer be any discussions here about Africans, Eritreans, Sudanese, migrant workers, refugees, or infiltrators. [1]
Discussions that allow for racist/generalized/stereotyped statements will only be allowed once every community member understands that any type of racism is equivalent to the worst types of violence. Violence against 'foreigners' is a violence of alienation and doesn't allow us to see the humanity behind humiliating slurs.

On a similar note: The situation in South Tel Aviv is horrific and shocking, but still only a few are responsible for it. [2]

And unrelated to the discussion as to the fates of these people: These generalizations will no longer be tolerated here in any way, shape, or form!"

– Zevik Amir, Jerusalemites Facebook group admin

[Selected Comments:]
– "So there will no longer be any discussions here about settlers, women, Jews, Haredim, politicians, and anyything else on my mind. So what's left, Zevik?"
– "I have a close friend in South Tel Aviv and after 7:00 pm, she's scared to leave her house. So what should we say to her??? No one's racist. There are people that want to take the shouts out."
– "What's so 'Jerusalemite' about this group? I think I'm through with it. Goodbye and good riddens."
– "There is nothing racist in saying that Eretz Yisrael belongs to the People of Israel. This is what the Holy One Blessed be He promised to our ancestors and this is how it is written in our Torah in the book of Genesis, 'Go and I'll give you this land, etc.'[…]"

0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] The Population Authority has announced that, as of April, enforcement action will begin against both asylum seekers primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, referred to as 'infiltrators' by the Israeli government, who are being required to leave Israel and against their employers. Asylum seekers who don't leave will be placed in a detention center and their employers will be fined. Moreover, the $3,500 government grant that has been given to those leaving the country will be gradually reduced beginning in April.
[2] The largest community of asylum seekers reside in South Tel-Aviv. Residents of S. Tel-Aviv have attributed the high levels of poverty, prostitution, drugs and general infrastructural decline almost entirely to asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea.

#Asylum_Seekers #Expulsion