The Israeli government has astounded the international community by ordering 38,000 African migrants to get out of the country by April, or face imprisonment.
In an apparent attempt to justify the forced deportations, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed it was necessary, because as he put it, “that an unchecked influx of African migrants could threaten Israel's Jewish character”, adding that "they will be given the opportunity to go back to their own countries or to a third country, of their choice".
However; the UN refugee agency has come out strongly on the side of the African migrants most of who are from Eritrea and Sudan, by saying, “the controversial plan violated international and Israeli laws”.
Hoping to soften the forced deportation Israel has said it would offer the migrants, $3500 if they left, within the government’s time frame.
Authors note: I have to wonder what will happen to these unfortunates if no other country wants them.
Steve Simmonds Global Breaking News Hub
Credits and sources: BBC.UK, the UN refugee agency, Israeli state department Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Associated Free Press for the cover picture.