ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF
ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS
Jerusalem court clears way for deportation of S. Sudanese migrants
Source: JTA, 6-7-12
A Jerusalem court ruled that Israel could deport South Sudanese migrants who entered the country illegally.
Thursday’s decision in Jerusalem District Court was in response to an appeal by nongovernmental organizations representing African migrants. The appeal was filed after Israel’ s Interior Minister Eli Yishai issued a decision to return the migrants.
Israel recognized South Sudan a day after it officially announced its independence from Sudan last July 9 and initiated formal ties three weeks later.
The decision paves the way for the deportation of about 1,500 South Sudanese who entered Israel illegally. Yishai said that he hoped the decision would be a precedent to allow the deportation of African nationals from other countries.
“This is not a war against infiltrators,” Yishai said, according to The Jerusalem Post. “This is a war for the preservation of the Zionist and Jewish dream in the land of Israel.”…READ MORE
South Sudanese have 7 Days to Leave or be Deported
About 700 to 1,000 South Sudanese will face arrest and deportation, after court annuls collective protection afforded them.
Israel feeds illegal African infiltrators
Between 700 and 1,000 citizens of South Sudan who are illegally staying in Israel have seven days to leave the country of their own free will or face arrest, the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) announced Thursday.
The announcement follows a court decision Thursday morning to remove the collective protection that had been given to the South Sudanese in Israel. PIBA said that those who wish to be accompanied and assisted by its Unit for Voluntary Departure, will receive assistance.
The decision by the Jerusalem District Court makes it possible for PIBA to take steps to expel the illegal immigrants and punish their employers.
The decision only applies to citizens of South Sudan, who are a relatively small group among the illegal aliens from Africa currently in Israel. The illegal aliens from Sudan number about 10,000, and those from Eritrea number over 35,000….READ MORE