Monday Open Thread | Israel calls migrants from Africa “infiltrators”

The Israeli government has ordered thousands of African refugees and migrants to leave the country within three months or face prison.

The Population and Immigration Authority called this week on those from Sudan and Eritrea to leave “to their country or to a third country”, meaning Rwanda or Uganda.

Those who leave by the end of March will be given $3,500 (£2,600), along with money to cover their airfare. But those who do not have been threatened with imprisonment.

Children, the elderly and victims of human trafficking are exempt from the action.

Campaign group the Hotline for Migrant Workers condemned the move, saying expulsions “put the refugees’ lives in danger”.

Thousands of Africans crossed from Egypt into Israel before it erected a fence along the border.

Israel calls them “infiltrators” and says they are mostly economic migrants whose numbers threaten its Jewish character.

But many of the roughly 38,000 “infiltrators” in the country have fled conflict and persecution.

Data from the Population and Immigration Authority suggests 27,500 asylum seekers from Eritrea are living in Israel, along with 7,900 from Sudan and 2,600 from other African countries.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has previously rejected claims that those coming from countries including Rwanda and Uganda are asylum seekers.

“We will return south Tel Aviv to the citizens of Israel, they are not refugees, but infiltrators looking for work,” he said in August.

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41 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Israel calls migrants from Africa “infiltrators”

  1. Ametia says:
  2. Political genius my ass. Trump didn’t defeat anyone. Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Trump is ignorant of politics and policies. So how the hell is he a political genius? Not today, mofos. Oh no you won’t get away with this lie.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Trumpism Is a Long Term Failure for Republicans. But Short Term It Could Destroy Democracy.
    by David Atkins
    January 7, 2018

    Washington Monthly alum Kevin Drum responded to my earlier piece about the imminent danger Trump poses to democracy with the following well-considered observation:

    As I mentioned the other day, I’m in non-panic mode right now. Still, there’s no question that things are getting worse. Republicans are in panic mode over the possibility that Robert Mueller is about to start plowing relentlessly through the White House like a bulldozer leveling an old shack. By the time he’s through, they’re understandably afraid there might not be much left standing.

    At the risk of being too Pollyannaish, it’s almost good news that Republicans are acting this way. It means they realize their party is in existential trouble…

    My take on this is pretty simple. For years it’s been obvious that Republicans are the party of whites and Democrats are the party of nonwhites. This worked fine for a while, but starting in the 90s it became an increasingly weighty albatross and Republicans became increasingly desperate to increase both white turnout and their share of the white vote. Fox News helped with this. Karl Rove’s focus on the “missing evangelicals” helped. Gerrymandering helped. Pack and crack helped. Photo ID laws helped. But these were just pellets in a war dominated by a disastrous decline in party ID in the Bush years that the party never recovered from…

  4. rikyrah says:

    This means defendants cannot be retried. Federal judge Gloria Navarro called government’s conduct outrageous, says gov’t failed to produce evidence about existence of surveillance cameras, snipers, threat assessments, & more. Cliven Bundy will be a free man #BundyTrial @8newsnow

    — Vanessa_Murphy (@Vanessa_Murphy) January 8, 2018

    A federal judge in Las Vegas has dismissed all charges against Cliven Bundy, his two sons Ammon and Ryan, and Ryan Payne. Citing egregious prosecutorial misconduct, the judge said, “A universal sense of justice has been violated.”

    — Ryan Lenz (@LenzSPLC) January 8, 2018

    Judge dismissed case w/ prejudice against Cliven Bundy, 2 sons and Ryan Payne with prejudice , finding flagrant misconduct by prosecution and FBI #Bundytrial

    — Maxine Bernstein (@maxoregonian) January 8, 2018

  5. rikyrah says:

    I wish that Joy would have all the segments online. She did one Sunday discussing the Balanced Budget Amendment. How the right wing wants to go through the states to get a Constitutional Convention. The thing that made my tinfoil hat aflutter is that, if you get a Constitutional Convention, you don’t have to stop at the premise of said Convention – the Balanced Budget Amendment. You can go after the other Amendments. Well, to me, that screamed THEY’RE GOING AFTER THE 14TH AMENDMENT.

    So many point out the birthright citizenship in the 14th. The 14th is important because it’s the basis of Brown v. Board, thus, every inch of progress that this country has made since 1954.
    I wish I could find the clip online, because that’s where my tinfoil hat went.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Kheris Rogers (@KherisPoppin), who was bullied for her skin tone, is now “Flexin’ In Her Complexion” in her first @Nike ad.

    — #becauseofthemwecan (@Becauseofthem) January 5, 2018

  7. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    It’s amazing that felon disenfranchisement still gets so little attention.
    In 2016, Clinton lost Florida by 112,911 votes.
    There are 499,306 black people permanently barred from voting in FL. Assume 35% turnout and a 95%/4%/1% vote split and you get a a net of 158,592 votes.

    — sean. (@SeanMcElwee) January 6, 2018

  8. rikyrah says:

    After gutting Voting Rights Act, Republicans now trying to kill National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Pay attention to this week’s SCOTUS case challenging voter purging in Ohio

    — Ari Berman (@AriBerman) January 8, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:


    Because I have two daughters I appreciate Ann Coulter. Coulter stands as a shining example of everything I hope they will not be. Coulter is nasty, cruel, vicious and racist. She has accomplished nothing of meaning-ever and she has stained and harmed the fabric of America

    — Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) January 8, 2018

  10. rikyrah says:

    In summary, African-American unemployment went from 12.7% to 7.8% under Obama. It has gone from 7.8% to 6.8% under Trump. Trump tweets, “Dems did nothing for you but get your vote!”

    — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 8, 2018

    Trump is taking credit for the record low in the African-American unemployment rate, saying “Dems did nothing for you.”

    Here is the chart of the African-American unemployment rate. It plummeted from 12.7% to 7.8% under Obama.

    — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 8, 2018

  11. rikyrah says:

    A night of firsts at the #GoldenGlobes …

    • Sterling K. Brown: first black actor to win for leading performance in a TV drama.
    • Aziz Ansari: first Asian male actor to win best leading performance in a TV comedy.
    • Oprah: first black woman to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award.

    — CNN (@CNN) January 8, 2018

  12. rikyrah says:

    In summary, Hispanic unemployment went from 10.1% to 5.9%. under Obama. It has gone from 5.9% to 4.9% under Trump. Trump tweets, “Dems did nothing for you but get your vote!”

    — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 8, 2018

    Here is the chart of the Hispanic unemployment rate. It too was cut nearly in half under Obama, going from 10.1% to 5.9%.

    — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 8, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    From all credible accounts, Steele is a solid guy, who was so worried that America’s enemy, Putin, had compromising info on Trump that he exposed himself to risk to bring it to the attention of US law enforcement. That’s the act of an ally not a criminal. @LindseyGrahamSC

    — Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) January 5, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    “It was not until 1924 that Congress granted native people the right to vote, and for generations afterward, local and state governments have blocked them from doing so.”

    — Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) January 7, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    Corey Booker: Sessions doesn’t grasp how marijuana prohibition is “targeting poor people, vulnerable people [and] minorities”— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) January 6, 2018

    Cory. You know damn well he grasps it. That’s the point of it. *side eye*— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) January 7, 2018

  16. Ametia says:

    What is Nutty- Yahoo going to do? Place all those African “infiltrators in concentration camps & exterminate them?

    Gee that sure has a familiar rin to it👀👀👀

  17. rikyrah says:

    Our president proving what @jaketapper suggested in the interview — MIller was speaking to one audience member. Has any other WH official in history called their boss a genius? Several times in one 12-minute interview?

    — Michael McFaul (@McFaul) January 7, 2018

    Now that I’ve finished Michael Wolff’s book, I can say: nothing could possibly underscore the truth of Wolff’s portrayal of Trump, and of how Trump’s staff humiliates themselves to please him, more than Stephen Miller’s performance on @JakeTapper’s show

    — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) January 7, 2018

  18. rikyrah says:

    Source: Mercer split w/Bannon began long before Wolff book. Real cause? Mercers vs. Bannon’s proposed tax hike on millionaires.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Media Alert:

    Wolff will be on with LarryO tonight.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Inbox: President Barack Obama will be Letterman’s first guest on his new Netflix talk show January 12. Obama’s first television talk show appearance since leaving office. (Netflix handout photo)

    — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 5, 2018

  21. rikyrah says:

    Oprah’s speech last night was everything.

    • Liza says:

      Yes, a very powerful and timely speech. I love that she told Recy Taylor’s story, I wish that Ms. Taylor could have heard it.

      • Ametia says:

        Oprah told America’s story. Everyone’s STORY was INCLuDED.

        She unwrapped them and handed it back to us.Whst are we going to do with them now?.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:


      Oprah is so inspirational! Love her message:

      “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have”

  22. rikyrah says:

    Nothing but racism 😩😠

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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