Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi held a press conference on Wednesday to launch a campaign to “save the city” from African migrants. Halevi said his city was being overrun by thousands of “infiltrators” who crossed the Egyptian border and accused the government of neglecting the problem.
“Since nobody in the government is doing anything, the Eilat municipality decided to take action in order to save the city,” said Halevi. “The city is loosing its identity, everyday that passes, more and more infiltrators cross the border and join the city’s population. Already every sixth resident of the city is an infiltrator. Eilat is home to 7,000 illegal migrants making up 15 percent of the cities population.”
Halevi said that the influx of migrants has led to a decline in property values, increased violence and taken jobs away from veteran residents as well as altering the demographic makeup of the city.