Israelis who took issue with MK Miri Regev’s (Likud)
this week on African infiltrators in the Israeli
society, asserted their objection to her words on Saturday, as some twenty activists protested in front of Regev's home.
The demonstrators observed a moment of silence in protest of Regev's reference
to the infiltrators as a "cancer in our society" and her attack on the human rights groups that are aiding foreign migrants.
Some 25 of Regev's supporters arrived on the scene, and responded to the silent protest by shouting abusive comments at the demonstrators.
Regev, who was unfazed by the attack directed at her, stepped out of her home and handed out water and flowers to the protesters.
Regev outside her home (Photo: Amir Levy)
A resident of south Tel Aviv, who came in show of support of Regev called the protesters "a fifth column," and justified Regev's comments, saying that he was afraid to leave his own home.
Regev told Ynet: "These demonstrators have every right to protest in a democratic fashion, but I'm glad that a larger group of people decided to come show their support in me."
Regev explained that her use of the word "cancer" earlier in the week, was meant "to illustrate the spread of a negative phenomenon. This is a manifestation of rage that has been unleashed after a long period of time where citizens feel unsafe in their own homes.
"This is a real demographic threat. Israel should adopt the US protocol of returning infiltrators to the border within 72 hours. We need to understand that the residents' lives have become unbearable. Jews and Israelis are scared of living in their country," She added.
She further urged Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai
to transfer some 10,000-20,000 immigrants from south Tel Aviv to various northern Tel Aviv neighborhoods.
Nir Gontaz, who organized the protest outside of Regev's home, accused the MK of "fanning the flames of hatred and violence against the immigrants, with her racist and inciting words."