Day after pogroms, Likud MK calls for internment camp for African refugees

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The mob setting garbage on fire and singing “The people wants the Africans to be burned” after a protest against African refugees and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood on May 23, 2012. (Photo: Activestills)

Haaretz:

Following Wednesday’s violent protest against African migrants in Tel Aviv, Likud MK Danny Dannon called to remove African asylum seekers from population centers in Israel.

Speaking to Haaretz, Dannon said that the immediate solution for calming the situation and for putting a stop to the violence requires the evacuation of the African migrants from south Tel Aviv.

“The infiltrators must be distanced immediately,” he said. “We must expedite the construction of temporary detention facilities and remove Africans from population centers.”

MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union), who makes regular appearances at protests against the migrant population of Tel Aviv, nonetheless said he was “very upset by the violence.” Ben Ari pointed out, however, that “there are things that are outside of my control, that’s the reality.”

Ben Ari expressed satisfaction that his campaign to remove the migrant population from Tel Aviv has begun to gain momentum. “Suddenly we see MK’s from Likud and Kadima showing up at protests. Suddenly I hear the Interior Minister saying things I’ve said myself,” said Ben Ari.

Israel’s Interior Minister is Eli Yishai.

For his part Netanyahu is distancing himself from the incitement, but he “understands the pain” of residents of south Tel Aviv (i.e. the angry mob):

“The problem of the infiltrators must be solved and we will solve it.

We will complete construction of the fence within a few months and we will soon begin repatriating infiltrators back to their countries of origin.

However, I would like to make it clear that there is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night. I say this to the public at large as well as to the residents of south Tel Aviv whose pain I understand.

We will solve the problem and we will do so responsibly.”

Here are more photos from last night in Tel Aviv:

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A mother with her baby cries after she was attacked by a mob in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood and her baby was thrown to the ground, May 23, 2012 (Photo: Activestills)
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A mob running in the direction of Levinsky Park, mostly inhabited by African refugees, immediately after a speech by MK Michael Ben-Ari at a protest against African refugees and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood on May 23, 2012. (Photo: Activestills)
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Mob shouting racist slogans against Africans shortly after having been prevented by police from reaching Levinsky Park. (Photo: Activestills)
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A mob attacking an Ethiopian bar after a protest against African refugees and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood on May 23, 2012. (Photo: Activestills)
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A driver seen talking with protesters after his bus had been stopped and he had been asked by the mob if he was carrying any Africans. The driver replied he wasn’t, and after a chat he continued on his way, as protesters blocked the streets and chanted racist slogans following a a demonstration against African refugees and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood on May 23, 2012. (Photo: Activestills)
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A refugee from Ivory Coast drives his car after a mob smashed it’s windows following a protest against African refugees and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood on May 23, 2012. (Photo: Activestills)

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