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  4/10/2013, Nisan 30, 5773

Saar Tours Tel Aviv Amidst Racial Tension with Illegals


Interior Minister Gideon Saar personally visited the troubled south Tel Aviv neighborhoods amidst tensions. The large community of illegal immigrants from Eritrea and Sudan have been accused of various crimes in the already low-income community.

Minister Saar toured the area on Tuesday and spoke with local police and residents. He held a meeting with representatives of the neighborhoods as well.

May Golan, a community organizer from South Tel Aviv accompanied the entourage. She told Arutz Sheva news that protesters tried to disrupt the visit. "I hope that Minister Saar will tackle the problems," she stated.

On Monday a migrant worker who entered the country illegally was accused of raping a woman near the central bus station. Additionally, an Eritrean illegal migrant was accused of allegedly committing a sexual act in a separate incident. In March, a Sudanese man was arrested from breaking and entering a home in Tel Aviv and attempting to rape a girl. In January an Eritrean man was accused of grabbing and raping a 83-year-old woman near the central bus station.

On Wednesday five Israelis were arrested for attacking two people they mistakenly took to be illegal migrants.