Guy Bechor in the Jerusalem Post, talking about the conspiracy hatched by anti-Israel NGOs who are going around Africa to encourage people to go towards Israel so they can flood Israel with Muslims and end its Jewish majority.
I can’t figure out if this is supposed to be satirical or not. If it is, it’s not a bad send-off of the paranoia sweeping some segments of Israeli society. If it isn’t, its an extremely worrying indicator of the paranoia sweeping some segments of the Israeli society.
A number of associations, NGOs and others have encouraged this African immigration to Israel. They begin by directing the emigration from the countries of origin, preserving it, preventing it from running into obstacles in the Sinai Peninsula, and providing it with a warm home in Israel. They have spread and continue to spread the rumor in Africa that Israel is a paradise, and that it can be reached by foot.
These are not migrant workers who stand before us, and not refugees, but a majority of African Muslims who come here to settle, and never leave.
The numbers: According to official data of the State of Israel, the rate of Muslim immigration from Africa is about 1,000 a week (this was the situation last month), and nearly 4,000 per month (which is double the numbers from a few months ago). Since there is no one who knows exactly how many of these infiltrators we now have here, the estimate is that there are between 80,000 and 120,000 of them in the country.
South Tel Aviv has become a small Sudan, the infiltrators in Eilat already constitute about 20 percent of the population, and this is also the situation in certain neighborhoods in central Israel – Pardes Katz in Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, suburban Petah Tikva, Sderot and Rishon Lezion. They have even reached the Galilee already.
Everywhere, on the side of the roads, you can spot the newcomers. They are surveying their new country, surveying its wealth, their wealth.
For the record, the “obstacles in the Sinai Peninsula” he mentioned are the Egyptian police/military who shoot refugees on sight and the local Beduins, who kidnap refugees and hold them for ransom, subject them to torture and sexual assault and then kill them when they can’t pay (these are not exactly wealthy people here).
I refuse to believe that someone who was not writing some kind of cynical parody would actually refer to those as “obstacles”…