MK Michael Ben-Ari (Habayit Hayehudi) on Monday evening attended a meeting held in the Tel Aviv working class neighborhood of Hatikva to discuss the growing problem of illegal migrants from Africa sneaking into Israel and moving into the neighborhood.
Ben-Ari compared the present-day African migrants to the "Midianite raids on Israel during the time of the Bible." He added,"They too [the Midanites] arrived from the Sinai, with their large numbers as their weapon. They also stole."
The Knesset member was accompanied by far-right wing activist Barch Marzel to the event. Ben-Ari also publicly attacked his colleagues in the Knesset for being "afraid to speak their minds for fear of being accused of racism."