By AFP – Feb 24,2018 – JORDAN TIMES
African migrants hold signs reading in Hebrew ‘You come from the Bible, you too are refugees’, during a demonstration in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on Saturday, against the Israeli government’s policy to forcibly deport African refugees and asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda (AFP photo)
TEL AVIV — Israeli forces said they detained two men, one armed, after they allegedly made online threats to disrupt a rally on Saturday in solidarity with African migrants facing expulsion.
It said the men were “detained for questioning” after a Facebook post apparently calling for a violent counter-protest as opponents of a government crackdown on the migrants gathered in Tel Aviv.
“Friends it’s happening… the battle to throw out the infiltrators,” said the post, reproduced in an Israeli forces’ statement. “It’s time to riot and defend our home.”
The term “infiltrators” is used by Israeli authorities and supporters of mass deportation to refer to the migrants, who began entering Israel illegally through what was then a porous border with Egypt in 2007.
Israeli forces said comments posted in response to the Facebook entry included “I am armed.”
“Israel police immediately located the two suspects, detained them for questioning and at the conclusion confiscated from one of the suspects his weapon,” the statement added.
Forces said they expected about 5,000 people to take part in the solidarity rally, in the Neve Shaanan neighbourhood of south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants have settled.