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Israeli deputy defense minister: African migrants don’t need helping hand

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Deputy defense minister: African migrants don’t need helping hand

Eli Ben Dahan hails decision barring soldiers from aiding refugees in Tel Aviv, says IDF should focus on programs ‘that benefit Israelis’

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan on Sunday praised a controversial decision to cancel a program for IDF soldiers to volunteer with the children of migrants and asylum seekers in Israel, saying the predominately African community in south Tel Aviv does not need to be helped.
In an interview with Army Radio, Ben Dahan claimed that “none of the 150,000 illegal infiltrators have been categorized as refugees; they don’t need to be extended a helping hand or be pulled out of the sea and saved from drowning.”

Official figures show nearly 47,000 illegal immigrants are currently residing in Israel, almost all from Eritrea and Sudan. Most live in the poorer neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv, with some blaming them for rising crime rates in the city.

Read more at Times of Israel

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