While the Likud
party boasts of its war against infiltrators from Africa and seeks to deport them from Israel
while imposing sanctions on their employment, Yedioth Ahronoth reported that an Eritrean asylum seeker is renovating the Likud offices in Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
administration has declared war against illegal infiltrators from Africa, as tens of thousands of them currently reside in Israel.
Netanyahu proudly announced that his government sealed the border with Egypt
and is currently making diplomatic efforts to deport all infiltrators back to their countries or third-party African countries willing to take them in.
Netanyahu's administration is also promoting a bill prohibiting the employment of infiltrators and setting strict sanctions against those who do so.
Eritrean worker renovating Likud offices (Photo: Zvika Tishler)
However, it appears that in Israel, the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Likud activists who came to Tel Aviv's Metzudat Ze'ev (Ze'ev's stronghold), the party's headquarters, were amazed to see an Eritrean
infiltrator among the workers conducting renovation works at the offices. The building is also the home of the office of Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu.
A Likud spokeswoman claimed that the contractor in charge of the renovations employs one Eritrean who has all necessary certifications.
The spokeswoman further presented the infiltrator's papers, which include a temporary residence permit valid until the end of August. Even though the spokeswoman claimed it is a work permit, the license expressly states that "this temporary permit is not a work permit". However, she insisted the license allows the Eritrean man to work.
The Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) stated that as long as there is no alternative to the circumstances of infiltrators with temporary residence permits – the State does not enforce regulations regarding their employment, but soon this state of non-enforcement will change, and will be followed by a clear message to all employers.
Likud activists claimed it was insensitive to hire an African infiltrator instead of ensuring the workers employed on site are Israeli citizens.
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