Migrants protest Jerusalem 370.
(photo credit: Benjamin Rosen)
The Population Immigration and Borders Authority will begin calling African
migrants in Israeli city centers to tell them to make their way to the open
detention facility in the south, PIBA announced Sunday.
They added that
the migrants will be called to meetings at their offices where they will be
instructed that they have 30 days to arrive at the “Holot” detention facility or
face arrest, PIBA said in a statement on Sunday.
They said that they will
also step up their enforcement of employment and immigration law against
Israelis employing migrants illegally.
Last Thursday, the Holot facility
officially opened and 483 migrants were moved in over the weekend. Almost
immediately they began leaving the facility and refusing to return, with around
200 eventually making their way to Beersheba and then Jerusalem, where they held
a protest outside the Knesset on Tuesday.
On Saturday night, around 2,000
African migrants and their supporters marched and danced through central Tel
Aviv, shouting “freedom” and demanding an end to the anti-infiltration