If you want to understand why traditionally immigrant friendly Israel is losing its patience with African migrants, cases like these are the answer. South Tel Aviv has been turned into a war zone overflowing with African migrants backed by social services and local leftist NGOs who want them to stay permanently. And the migrants come out of conflict zones, many of them are criminals or have lost all norms of social behaviors due to growing up in conflict zones.
Israel, which took in everyone from Vietnamese boat people to the African-American Black Hebrews group, is finding itself overwhelmed and there is a sizable backlash among working class people in Tel Aviv who have to live with this.
An 83-year-old woman was raped for hours in the courtyard of her apartment building near the Central Bus Station in south Tel Aviv by a young Eritrean migrant, police announced on Monday morning.
The victim had left her house and was reportedly dragged into the courtyard by the man, and beat and raped the woman repeatedly until he fled when relatives of the woman arrived at the scene.
When asked if police have reinforced their patrols in south Tel Aviv in order to stave off violent disturbances directed at the African migrant community, Gez said that police are already going to be on a higher deployment because of New Year’s Eve and that “I don’t think the public is stupid enough to take this incident and make it into something it isn’t.”
In reality, police patrols are badly lacking in South Tel Aviv, and Israel’s police tend to be marginally useful in general, there’s still a good deal of politically correct cover ups by a police force which tends to be controlled by the left, as you can see in Gez’s statement.
The protests by South Tel Aviv residents have been growing and this rape has made it an election issue. The media pushes those protest stories under monkers tagged with “racism” and “race riot”, but the reality is that as in so many places, working class Israelis have become tired of living in yet another war zone.
First arriving in Israel in earnest around 2006, the African migrant population is now estimated to number around 60,000, and is increasing by 2,000 to 3,000 per month according to Interior Ministry figures.
The majority are from Eritrea, with the rest mainly from Sudan. Most live in Tel Aviv, and are concentrated in the poor, working-class neighborhoods of south Tel Aviv such as Hatikva.
Tzioni sits in a small social club on Haetzel Street while, under faded, framed photos of former Likud prime minister and Irgun commander Menachem Begin, six middle-aged men play gin rummy for a small stack of NIS 50 and NIS 20 bills.
Tzioni pointed at the sidewalk and counted the passersby, most of them Africans, many of them families with baby strollers. At night “you won’t see any Israelis anymore,” he said.
The native Israelis say that if they were to get into a fight with an African, they could go to jail, while the asylum-seeker lacks papers and cannot be prosecuted. They also say that many crimes are never reported by police and never make the media.
In a common refrain among Israelis in neighborhoods that have seen an influx of Africans in recent years, the men at the social club say that after dark the streets become a no-go zone for Jews. Also, though Hatikva and other neighborhoods like it have for decades had a reputation for crime and heavy drug use, residents insist that the Africans brought a level of crime that never existed before, mainly petty theft but also rape and aggravated robbery.
On Salomon Street, haggard prostitutes, strung-out addicts and Israeli Arab drug dealers loiter in the late afternoon sun. Two Chinese workers begin brawling on the corner of Fein Street, throwing bottles at each other before their friends pull them apart and the group scatters. Further down the street, at 22 Salomon Street, sits an Eritrean-run bar, where a 19- year-old woman was drinking on May 14, before she was followed out by a group of African men she had argued with in the bar who then raped her in a nearby parking lot, according to police.
This problem is not unique to Israel. It’s taking place across Europe, and more and more people are realizing that it cannot go on this way.