Anyone employing or renting a home to illegal migrants will face five years in prison or a NIS 500,000 fine, according to a bill passed in its first Knesset reading Wednesday.

Nine lawmakers supported the legislation, proposed by Likud MKs Ofir Akunis and Miri Regev, who outspokenly oppose illegal African migration into Israel. Four MKs voted against the bill.

“The infiltration issue has become a strategic threat on Israeli society and makes the lives of many citizens intolerable,” Akunis said. “The bill will stop the infiltrators’ main incentive to come to Israel, which is to find work.”

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