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Tel Aviv Municipal Council Member, Binymain Babaioff (Shas), asked in a letter to the Mayor, Ron Huldai, and to Moshe Tiomkin, Head of the Municipal Transportation Unit, for special buses to be allocated for immigrant workers and asylum seekers, or alternatively to limit their access to public transportation at rush hour. According to the letter, “since these workers sleep in parks and stairways and do not shower on a daily basis, they have a terrible smell and may spread diseases.”
Tel Aviv Municipality announced plans to open a kindergarten in Hatikva neighborhood where children of migrant workers will not be admitted.
On a tour held by the State Control Committee along the Egyptian border, the chair of the committee, MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) said that the government must propose a series of bills to enable return of infiltrators to their countries of origin: “This flood of 14,000 foreigners a year has already hurt Ashdod, Eilat, Arad, Beer Sheva, and south Tel Aviv. If we do not turn around in time – we will suffer a series of social, demographic, and criminal damages.”
The detention facility for work immigrants and their children is expected to be opened next week. The facility was built secretly in the past months in Ben Gurion International Air Port. In it children of work immigrants along with their families, will be detained before their expulsion. In accordance with Minister of Interior Eli Yishay’s order, The Israeli INS’ OZ unit inspectors, will start a wave of detentions as soon as the facility opens.
Approximately 150 people took part in a conference held yesterday in the South Tel Aviv Qiryat Shalom neighborhood protesting the government’s impotence in handing the refugee problem. Rabbi Michael Aravov, who lives in the neighborhood, said “there is no place in the world where refugees have human rights and residents to not.” Another resident said that “the first rain will be here soon, the sewage will overflow, and all of the diseases the Africans brought with them will float up.” City Council member Binyamin Babayof (Shas) called on residents to refrain from renting apartments to refugees. (Hebrew)
The Ministry of the Interior announced that as of 2011, asylum seekers will be forbidden to work in Israel. To date, most asylum seekers did not receive work permits, but the authorities refrained from enforcing this, due to their special status. In an appeal filed by the Refugees’ Rights Clinic and the Foreign Laborers’ Aid Hotline, the Ministry of the Interior guaranteed that no fines would be levied on employers of asylum seekers while the appeal is being heard. The State also promised to give a 30-day notice before starting to levy fines on employers. (Hebrew)
The Ministry of Interior repeatedly refused to register the marriage of a migrant worker originally from the Philippines to an Israeli, claiming that the marriage was fictitious. This decision was taken despite decisions to the contrary from several judicial instances. This week the Deputy President of the Tel Aviv District Court, Justice Sarah Gadot, decided that the expelling of the woman was not legal, and directed the Ministry of Interior to permit the woman to continue her process of naturalization. (Hebrew, English)