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Official: 'South Tel Aviv a Paradise for Illegals'

Residents of South Tel Aviv say that authorities are doing next to nothing to rid their neighborhood of illegal immigrants
By David Lev
First Publish: 2/21/2013, 2:56 PM

Illegal immigrants.
Illegal immigrants.
Yoni Kempinski

Despite promises by the government that things would change soon, residents of southern Tel Aviv say that authorities are doing next to nothing to rid their neighborhood of illegal immigrants from Africa and Asia. At a protest in the neighborhood this week, City Council member Shlomo Maslawi said that South Tel Aviv has turned into a “paradise for illegals.”

Among the places where the activity of illegals is most easily identified are the bars and restaurants they frequent in the neighborhood, said Maslawi – places police never patrol or enter. There is absolutely no enforcement of the law in these areas,” he said.

Illegals are still entering the country, despite the completion of the security fence in southern Israel. “And they are all converging on South Tel Aviv,” said Maslawi. “There about 70,000 of them here. They have an economic base here, with their friends and families joining them. The numbers grow daily,” he said.

In response, the Tel Aviv Municipality said that “the Municipality invests many resources in removing illegals and enforcing the law, together with police, especially in South Tel Aviv. We have issued hundreds of fines and currently have dozens of court cases against businesses illegally set up by illegal immigrants. The Municipality is also aware of the difficult situation faced by residents of the area, and does everything it can to ease their situation,” the Municipality statement said.