As the rest of the world remains silent, except for a few voices, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority has recently begun sending deportation notices to asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan.
The campaign of “increased removal,” as the Israeli government calls it, has officially in Tel Aviv, with the delivery of orders to leave the country to some 200 Eritreans. In the coming days, those coming to the authorities for the renewal of their residence visas will receive their last valid visa, together with a written notice stating that they must leave in the next 60 days. Otherwise they risk being jailed indefinitely.
This is the latest and most decisive step taken by the Netanyahu government to implement its policy of denying the rights of those who have fled abuse, torture, maltreatment and war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says this is meant to defend the “Jewish character” of Israel, which, he says, is being threatened by the presence of the African asylum seekers (less than 40,000 in total).