MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua) was attacked on Sunday evening by an illegal infiltrator from Eritrea, as he was visiting neighborhoods in southern Tel Aviv.
Stern came to southern Tel Aviv at the request of the local residents, who have been suffering from endless harassment, fear and violence perpetrated by the many illegal Eritrean and Sudanese infiltrators who enter Israel to find employment and come to live in their working class neighborhood.
During the visit, Stern tried to cross a street along with the residents, when an infiltrator, who had been following them, tried to obstruct his way. One Israeli resident yelled at the infiltrator and asked him to go away.The illegal infiltrator reportedly opened his shirt to show a large cross, then attacked Stern from behind and hit him in the head, knocking down his kippah and stepping on it.
Following the assault, MK Stern said, “These are phenomena that would not be tolerated anywhere else in the world, but occur right here among us.”
"If they would disperse the infiltrators in other neighborhoods in the country things would look different," added Stern. Former MK Ben Ari (National Union) often said that had the infiltrators been placed in apartments in luxury neighborhoods, there would be much less left-liberal tolerance for their presence in Israel.
Interior Minister Gideon Saar recently toured southern Tel Aviv in an effort to learn up close about the infiltrator problem, which former MK Yaakov Katz (National Union) brought to the country's attention as head of the Knesset Committee on the issue. A security fence was built at his urging on Israel's southern border, brining the number of infiltrators almost to a halt, but there are tens of thousands already concentrated in southern Tel Aviv and Eilat, with a smaller number in Arad, Ashdod and other areas.
Saar said that the problem is "one of the most difficult, sensitive and delicate problems that Israeli society faces."
"This problem did not form overnight and I recommend against creating the impression that it can be solved overnight. The situation needs to be changed, and this is what I intend to do."
May Golan, an activist for the southern Tel Aviv neighborhoods, told Arutz Sheva that she believes Minister Saar "experienced culture shock" on his tour. "He saw the number of infiltrators, the looks, the curses and the physical violence. I think he understands now," she said.
Mohammed Suleiman Ahmed, 22, was indicted for attempted rape of a child under age 14, as well as for assault, aggravated assault causing injury, threatening violence, theft, and breaking and entering with criminal intent.
Ahmed entered a family home at 5 a.m. on March 3 and began stealing items. He then took a knife and entered the children’s room and attempted to rape an 8-year-old girl at knife point, and threatened the girl’s brother as well.
The children’s mother heard the girl’s cries over an intercom and came to her daughter’s assistance, but was stabbed. The attack ended when the father of the family heard his wife screaming, ran to help, and managed to overpower Ahmed.
Residents of the area have called on the government to assist migrants – away from Tel Aviv. They say illegal entrants should be housed in their own temporary cities near the border, not in struggling neighborhoods in Israel’s urban centers.
The Eritrean and Sudanese infiltrators are migrant workers and do not have refugee status, but since the UN High Commissioner for Refugees found that Eritrea has a "difficult internal situation", they are defined as a "temporary humanitarian protection group". Israel has not deported Sudanese because, although they come through Egypt,, that country does not promise not to send them back to Sudan where they could face punishment for leaving the country.