Joining Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid also slammed the members of Knesset who participated in an anti-migrant protest in south Tel Aviv on Wednesday, saying that they do not understand the meaning of "Jewish morality."
Lapid posted a status on Facebook, saying "I support the arrest and deportation of infiltrators, the completion of the fence and preventing their entry into Israel, and I think that human rights organizations should think about the rights of the neighborhood residents first, because charity begins at home.
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"However," Lapid continued, "When I see a pogrom led by inciters like MKs (Danny) Danon, (Miri) Regev and (Michael) Ben Ari, I wonder how they have the nerve to call themselves 'Jews.' They don't understand the meaning of 'Jewish morals' or collective Jewish memory, nor do they understand the meaning of Jewish existence," he wrote.
The three right wing MKs attended a rally in Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighborhood Wednesday evening to protest against the government's handling of the flow of African migrants into Israel.
During the event, MK Regev (Likud) said: "The infiltrators are a cancer in our body and we will do everything in our power to return them back to their country of origin."
Tel Aviv potest (Photo: Yaron Brener)
Regev also slammed "all the leftists who filed High Court appeals (against the deportation of African migrants)," saying they "should be ashamed of themselves."
MK Danny Danon (Likud), who chairs the Knesset lobby dealing with the problem of infiltrators, called on the government to deport the foreign migrants. "We should not be ashamed of the word 'expulsion'. We can send them back (to their home countries)," he said.
"I spoke with the president of Sudan, and he said to me 'no problem, send them back to us.'"
Protest turned violent
During the protest, a number of demonstrators shattered the windshield of a vehicle in which three African migrants were riding. The migrants were not injured.
The demonstrators also threw two firecrackers at police forces. Twelve protesters were arrested and 11 were later released to house arrest under limiting conditions.
'A cancer in our body,' MKs Regev and Danon (Photo: Yaron Brener)
Responding to the MKs' comments, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Thursday that he urges public officials "to show responsibility and not incite, because ultimately we are inciting an entire sector against another sector.
"The Sudanese and Eritreans must be sent back in an orderly fashion because most of them are infiltrators and not refugees," he added.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin also criticized the MKs, saying "when the masses are raging, leaders must curb the rage instead of spreading it.
"It's OK to protest and demand a solution from the government but once cannot be dragged into incitement and use words the anti-Semites use against us," he said.
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