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Poll: Majority of Israelis back deportation of African migrants

January 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

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A majority of Israelis back the planned deportation of non-Jewish African migrants, according to a new poll conducted by Israel Hayom and New Wave Research.

As reported by Arutz Sheva, 58 per cent of Israelis polled agreed that Israel needs to deport Eritrean and Sudanese migrants, compared to 23 per cent who disagreed.

The poll also found that 51 per cent of respondents believed the migrants to be “job seekers”, while 37 per cent believed them to be asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, 59 per cent of Israelis do not believe that Israel has a “moral obligation” towards the non-Jewish African migrants, compared to 24 per cent who believe Israel does.

The Israeli authorities’ policies towards African migrants have attracted widespread international condemnation, with criticism that the policies are motivated by a desire to protect Israel’s Jewish majority.

Plans to carry out forcible deportations have been met with outrage by both international rights and humanitarian groups, as well as Jewish community leaders in Europe and North America.

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