The reason why Tel Aviv, Israel’s streets were being attacked by Eritrean militias is unknown.
After Sunday’s rioting in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wants African ‘infiltrators’ out of Israel.
Many Eritreans have engaged in street combat in Israel, some in support of the government and others in opposition.
No deaths were reported, but more than 100 individuals were hurt during the battle, including several dozen police officers.
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What does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have in store for the Eritreans in Israel, who they are, why they fought, and who they are?
Many of the thousands of Eritreans who have fled their own country’s terrible conditions have arrived in Israel.
President Isaias Afwerki has ruled Eritrea for more than 30 years after the former partisan led his soldiers to victory in the 30-year battle to gain independence from Ethiopia.
The 77-year-old has never organized a parliament, held elections, or established an independent judiciary. He rates as one of the worst leaders in the world for press and expression freedom and has outlawed political parties.
Many Eritreans have fled over the years, some joining other African refugees who have traveled to Israel, due to the president’s draconian required military service and forced labor laws.
Israel is home to an estimated 25,000 African refugees, the most of whom are from Sudan and Eritrea.
Israel, on the other hand, considers a very small percentage of them to be real asylum applicants and forces them to leave.
What caused their fight?
On Sunday, when the Eritrean embassy in Israel organized a celebration to honor the country’s 30th anniversary of independence, fighting broke out.
Hundreds of opposition supporters flocked to the location because they perceived it as a blatant attempt to commemorate a dictator’s rule by the Afwerki regime.
Videos showed shattered windows of police and other cars, damage to surrounding stores, and reports that they broke through police barriers because the cops didn’t appear to be ready for such a big number of people. Additionally, the facility was vandalized, with tables and chairs being broken.
Eritreans who attended the occasion and supported the Afwerki administration got physical with the protesters. Online video depicted fans hitting demonstrators with clubs and hurling stones.
In videos posted to social media, protesters can be heard yelling, “No more dictator.”
“Why did we flee our nation? owing to this ruler. Why are they having a celebration today? One demonstrator questioned, “Why did the Israeli police allow them permission to celebrate for this dictator?
Using live shots, stun grenades, and tear gas, Israeli police drove the masses away. Officers on horses might be seen in some pictures.
What is Netanyahu’s strategy?
The act was promptly denounced by the Israeli prime minister, who also applauded police for using force against the protesters.
On Sunday, he called a meeting of a special ministerial committee to discuss how to deal with “illegal infiltrators” who break the law and endanger “the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”
The prime minister informed the gathering that his plan to construct a fence on the nation’s border with Egypt ten years ago to halt the flow of African refugees had been successful. He also criticized the Supreme Court for denying several of his other requests to expel asylum seekers who had managed to enter the country before the fence was built.
He declared that Sunday’s events “crossed a red line” and that he intended to remove all African migrants as he applauded a decision to disregard a United Nations plan that would offer citizenship to 16,000 asylum seekers.
Can he actually banish Africans?
Over the years, Israel has tried a variety of schemes to force African people out, including sending many to a remote prison, holding part of their wages until they agree to leave the country or offering them cash payments to move somewhere in Africa.
Critics of such tactics have said they show the government’s intentions to try to coerce asylum seekers into leaving Israel.
Israel’s political divisions have also been on display.
Netanyahu’s far-right coalition government called for deportations while blaming the high court for blocking deportation attempts in the past. But opposition members were more moderate, saying governments over the years have not managed to fully grasp and deal with the issue.
Under international law, Israel cannot forcibly send people back to a country where their life or liberty may be at risk.