Daily Israel Report

MK Miri Regev: Infiltrators Violate Law in Jerusalem March

MK denounces infiltrator march, portrayal of Israel as violating human rights by implementing new anti-alien laws.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 12/17/2013, 1:12 AM

MK Miri Regev
MK Miri Regev
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Miri Regev, chair of the Committee of Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection, responded forcefully to the infiltrator's march to Jerusalem in an Arutz Sheva interview.

Regev stated, "the infiltrators [have] violated the provisions of the new law which was passed last week. The law precisely defines under what circumstances infiltrators are allowed to exit and enter the facility."

"They are supposed to visit the facility three times a day. The fact that this march has lasted multiple days directly violates the law," the MK added. Regev also stated that she hopes that police forces apprehend the aliens. 

Monday's march signified the latest in public outcries against the Infiltrator's Law, which cracks down on waves of illegal immigration into Israel from African countries. At least 282 inmates broke out of the facility and walked from the Negev to Jerusalem, holding signs protesting the measures and claiming violations to their human rights.

The new laws were enacted to ensure Israel's security, particular in the Tel Aviv area. The illegal aliens have routinely terrorized the citizens of South Tel Aviv, among others, and residents of the neighborhood claim they are living in a virtual war zone. 

“There are residents here who have been suffering for more than three years and nobody cares,” said Dror Kahalani, a resident of the Hatikva neighborhood in Tel Aviv, to Arutz Sheva in 2012. 

“The residents are suffering daily, hourly, at each moment,” stressed Kahalani, who was on the verge of tears. “We’ve warned about it and are warning about it, and we’re even shouting for help. You can see it on Facebook, and everywhere. The residents of southern Tel Aviv are shouting for help. I warned the government and said that we are in real danger.”

Despite the protests of the area's residents, the bill had faced considerable controversy in the Knesset. The new law enforces detention for illegal migrants, who can now be held for up to one year without trial, and holds them at special detention facilities. The program is said to cost over half a million shekel - but also to boost both Israel's security and maintain its Jewish character. 

Regev, however, has held fast to Israelis' security since the law was proposed to the Knesset. Earlier this month, she rebutted detractors - mostly MKs and leftist groups, who have routinely used the issue to claim Israel violates its citizens human rights - emphasizing "residents of southern Tel Aviv and Eilat also have human rights." 

Despite mounting evidence that the infiltrators are behind the escalating crime rates in central Israel, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said on Monday that it and other rights groups were renewing efforts to appeal the bill, and had filed a petition against the new law. "The organizations claim that the new amendment does not abide by the principles set forth by the court's September 15 decision to overturn the previous amendment to the law, and is in many ways more severe than the nullified amendment," it said.