Hundreds of people arrived at Defense Minister Ehud Barak's home in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night to protest against the infiltration of African refugees, who they claim are taking over the southern parts of the city. During the rally some demonstrators blocked a main road for a few minutes.
Nearly a month after the huge rally in the Hatikva neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv, the area's residents demonstrated outside Barak's apartment, demanding he speed up the construction of the security fence along the Egyptian border.
According to the protest organizers, everyday that passes witohut a border fence allows hunderds of refugees to enter Israel. They claimed that by the time the fence will be ready, within two years according to plans, the migrant population in Israel might be close to half a million people.
Demostrators carried signs reading, "No to racism, yes to neighborliness", "Ehud run away, take infiltrators with you", "No border for infiltrators", "No border, no security" and more.
Tel Aviv rally (Photo: Ofer Amram)
"We will not agree to go on being fearful of living in our homes while the defense minister sleeps in his ivory tower," said protesters. "It's clear to us that if even one infiltrator were to live in the stairwell of his building, the defense minister would begin to close down the Egyptian border a lot faster."
'Protest until government wakes up'
"This phenomenon only gets worse each week, burdening the weaker population, since the infiltrators mostly live around southern Tel Aviv neighborhoods, Pardes Katz, Ashdod, Eilat and other cities," said one of the rally's organizers, Tel Aviv Councilman and Chairman of Hatikva neighborhood Council Shlomo Maslawi.
According to Maslawi, the defense minister is directly responsible for the current situation "because he is in charge of securing the state and its borders. "We'll continue our protest until the government wakes up and realizes this issue is a ticking bomb," he clarified.
Roni Levy, chairman of the Kerem HaTeimanim neighborhood committee told Ynet of a new initiative to purchase apartments in northern Tel Aviv in order to house the African infiltrators there. According to him, by doing so they will be able to raise awareness to the problem.
Tel Aviv City Council member Benjamin Babayof of the Shas party added: "Residents from all segments of the population are suffering day and night from the infiltrator phenomenon and will continue to suffer in the future if nothing is done to change the situation.
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