World Bulletin / News Desk
For a third consecutive day, African immigrants in Israel took to the streets of Israeli capital Tel Aviv to protest government policy and treatment.
A group of nearly 5,000 Congolese, Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants gathered in Levinski Park in central Tel Aviv, carrying placards reading “We want freedom”, “Stop racial discrimination” and “Help us” and started a sit-in. Organizers of the demonstration say they will keep rallying until immigrants in Israel are given their rights and freedom, and even associated African immigrants with legendary leader of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, saying “every immigrant is a Mandela”.
African immigrants are reported to be thinking of a march to Jerusalem to meet Israeli officials to voice their demands of being recognized as refugees and then citizens eventually.
It is estimated that there are currently 60,000 African immigrants who entered Israel illegally.
A law that gives green light to a prison sentence of 1 year up to 18 months for immigrants who enter the country illegally even if they apply for asylum later was put into effect in Israel a while ago.Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2014, 17:59