As masses of refugees continue to make there way to Israel via the Egyptian border, Knesset Member Yaakov Katz (National Union) warned Monday that within a few years there would be over 100,000 African immigrants in the Jewish state.
Speaking at a foreign worker analysis committee meeting, Katz added that "the number of infiltrators will only rise, just as we said it would last year. The thousands of residences needed to house the infiltrators must be added to the already problematic real estate shortage.
"There is no doubt that Tel Aviv residents will rush to Judea and Samaria when their city becomes African."
Over the past few months, a group of religious Jews has been taking steps to prevent refugees and foreign workers from renting apartments in Tel Aviv. In July 25 Tel Aviv rabbis signed a document forbidding people from renting out apartments to infiltrators and illegal foreign workers.
"We the undersigned, Tel Aviv neighborhood and synagogue rabbis, wish to warn the public of the halachic prohibition and the dangers which are expected from renting out apartments to these people!!!" the document stated. Among other things, the signatories wrote to "strengthen the hands of those who help to keep the Jewish identity of the city of Tel Aviv".
Last month, the Tel Aviv City council held deliberations over whether it should give haredim moving into the city's southern neighborhoods three years of property tax exemptions, financial assistance in renting apartments, school transportation funding and kindergarten fee discounts.
Councilman Binyamin Babayof (Shas) explained that "according to police data, there has been a sharp rise in the crime rate in neighborhoods filled with refugees who have nothing in common with out country and who are multiplying in size in the area due to lenient policy."
Yael Branosky contributed to this report
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