Police launched a new police unit near Tel Aviv's new central bus station on Monday, aimed at improving the quality of life and lowering crime in an area heavily populated with African migrants.
The unit was formally activated on the same day that a 29-year-old Sudanese migrant, Yaakov Alfadel, who entered the country in 2009, was convicted at a Tel Aviv District Court for the killing of 70-year-old Ester Galilee near the Central Bus Station. Alfadel confessed to beating Galilee to death after she threw a garbage can at him.
Asst.-Cmdr. Yoram Ohion, head of the Yiftah police sub-district in Tel Aviv said during the ceremony, "This is a complex area, where many cultures live together... many have come here from countries plagued by problems. They have the right to live in liberty like the veteran Israeli residents of the area. All have this right, irrespective of race, religion or sex."