During discussions on planned deportation of illegal African migrants، Joint List MK asks that deputy FM's comments be erased from protocols; Lashing MK Yachimovich's evocation of the Holocaust، Hotovely urges her not to 'misuse' it and it's survivors، as Ynet said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) caused a stir during discussions in a Knesset committee Monday morning when she claimed that “Israeli citizens live under the terror of immigrants and suffer from violence.”
Responding to Hotovely، who was advocating the government’s tougher stance for resolving the issue of illegal immigration from African countries، Joint List MK Dov Khenin said her comments were “out of place،” before asking the committee’s chairwoman to erase them from the committee protocols.
Despite Khenin’s complaints، Hotovely doubled down on her claims. “I repeat and say again، there is terror of immigrants in south Tel Aviv،” she said in reference to the area which has been most seriously affected by the wave of illegal migration in recent years that swept through Israel’s once-porous southern border.
“Every sovereign state has the right to deport illegal economic migrants when they arrive at their gates. They will be deported to very safe countries where there are governments which enable very high standards of life،" she continued.
“They are receiving $3،500. It is a large sum of money that they can do almost anything they want with.”
Interjecting، the committee chair، MK Shelly Yachimovich stated that Israel had to demonstrate more concern for refugees، evoking the Holocaust as grounds for greater compassion.
“As a daughter of Holocaust survivors، my viewpoint is that there’s a need for a strong and robust State of Israel but at the same time a concern for the refugee، for the foreigner and for the asylum seeker،” she argued.
The entire issue was becoming too populist، Hotovely retorted، while taking umbrage at the comparison. “Don’t misuse Holocaust survivors or the Holocaust،” she responded. “This is a discussion about work migrants. I would ask that we call them work migrants.”
Despite the disagreements، Yachimovich said that officials are reconsidering the situation، before she predicted that the scheduled forced deportations would not proceed on time and perhaps not at all، despite Israel notifying in January thousands of Africans who entered the country illegally that they have three months to leave or face incarceration. “I disagree with you،” Hotovely succinctly replied.