Israel begins repatriating South Sudanese migrants

A planeload of 120 illegal migrants left Israel for repatriation in South Sudan June 17.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the repatriation “orderly and dignified.”

“We have a Jewish tradition of treating strangers humanely, and even when we need to deport them from our midst due to the state’s desire to control its borders, we must do so humanely and in a manner that finds expression in a restrained and humane manner,” Netanyahu said.

He added that as of last week, infiltrators are placed in detention and can be detained for years. New detention facilities are being built, he said.

Meanwhile, a firebomb was thrown June 16 at a bar in south Tel Aviv’s Hatikvah neighborhood where migrants from Eritrea gather. One man was wounded. — jta