Police and government officials closed 15 African migrant businesses Wednesday, during raids in the Neve Shaanan neighborhood.
Tel Aviv police said Thursday that dozens of police supported by officials from the municipality, the electrical co-op, gas companies, health ministry and immigration officials, made their way around the neighborhood of the Central Bus Station cracking down on what they referred to as “quality of life violations.”
The 15 businesses were all operating without licenses police said, adding that during the raids they also seized 24 gas tanks that were not hooked up in keeping with safety regulation. They also said they found a large amount of pirated electricity hook-ups in the area. They also said that immigration officials arrested nine African migrants illegally in Israel who they said were then taken to Saharonim.
Senior Tel Aviv police officials have said that beyond the potential danger of violence between Israelis and Africans, one issue that concerns them greatly involving the African migrant community is the large number of them hooking up pirated electrical and gas connections, saying its a recipe for a tragedy.
Along with the implementation of the anti-infiltration amendment and the opening of the Holot desert detention facility, the Interior Ministry has called for greater enforcement against Israelis illegally employing African migrants and against businesses operating illegally in south Tel Aviv. The migrants, for their part, often say that applications for business permits are not approved.