Title: Israeli Government Considers Deportation of Eritrean Migrants Involved in Violent Clashes
In the wake of violent clashes in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office is contemplating the possible deportation of Eritrean migrants who were involved in the unrest. The clashes left over 150 individuals injured, with 15 in serious condition, and 30 police officers also hurt.
Israel’s right-wing government has consistently rejected asylum claims by African migrants and maintains that they are “illegal infiltrators.” In response to the recent violence, a special ministerial team will convene to review potential actions against these migrants, including deportation. Coalition government members are determined to hold those responsible accountable and deport them immediately.
However, the government’s efforts to deport migrants have been constrained by the High Court of Justice, which has demanded a solution in accordance with international norms. Supporters of a judicial overhaul argue that the migrants’ actions, such as the recent clashes, underscore the urgent need for a comprehensive plan.
In 2018, Netanyahu announced a resettlement deal with the United Nations, intending to relocate half of the African migrants. However, the plan was suspended and eventually canceled due to criticism. Opposition leaders have criticized the government’s handling of the immigration crisis, promising to revive the UN deal if they come into power.
Concerns regarding law enforcement’s response to the clashes have prompted the Police Internal Investigations Department to open an inquiry into the use of live fire by officers. The violence initially erupted during a demonstration against an official Eritrean government event and later escalated into brawls between supporters and opponents of the regime.
Currently, around 17,000 Eritrean nationals reside in Israel. Their conflicting views on the Eritrean regime have previously resulted in clashes within the community. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, who has been in power since the country’s independence, faces allegations of repression and enforced indefinite military service.
Eritreans have fled their country in search of safety, with many seeking refuge in Europe or arriving in Israel. The repressive nature of the Eritrean government has prompted exiles to stage protests against official Eritrean events held by the diaspora abroad, leading to tensions and occasional attacks.
The Israeli government’s consideration of deporting Eritrean migrants involved in the recent clashes reflects the challenges and complexities surrounding the immigration crisis. As both government and opposition leaders navigate the issue, questions about human rights, international norms, and potential solutions will continue to command attention in Israeli society.
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