Following amendment 4 of the Anti-Infiltration Law that was passed by the Knesset and the establishment of the Holot facility, the migrant population, with the encouragement and assistance of radical groups, began a campaign against the very country they illegally entered. The campaign included a widely-covered march from the Holot facility to the Knesset in Jerusalem, where a protest was held. Another protest was held outside the US Consulate. During the campaign, the Israeli Immigration Policy Center was available and interviewed by several Israeli and foreign media outlets, making an especial effort to balance the one-sided picture that the radical NGOs supporting the illegal migrants sought to paint.
In the media:
The migrant march to Jerusalem, December 2013
The illegal migrant strike
A migrant protest in front of the US Embassy, January 2014
The Israeli Immigration Policy Center has launched a campaign of clips that include documentation of severe violent attacks by migrants against Israeli citizens and recording the testimony of residents of south Tel Aviv. The campaign was given wide media exposure and succeeded in raising the scope of the phenomenon to the public awareness.
The girl’s letter
Following recurring intervention by High Court justices in favor of the illegal migrant population, while ignoring the plight of the residents of south Tel Aviv, the Israeli Immigration Policy Center helped a girl that lives in south Tel Aviv to express her fears to leave her home and to describe the impossible life reality of many kids like her. The girl sent the letter describing her plight to former Supreme Court chief justice Asher Grunis. The contents of the letter were published by Yediot Aharonot and the girl was interviewed together with Orly Yuger, then a representive of the IIPC, in Channel 2’s morning show.
The Israeli Immigration Policy Center launched a protest against the situation in south Tel Aviv and the extreme demographic shift in these neighborhoods, and with the residents began a campaign to change the names of streets in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood to names of streets, persons and central geographic regions in Eritrea.
Following publication of the campaign, a Facebook page affiliated with the Eritrean government, missed the cynical nature of the protest and mistakenly published a report saying that a street in Tel Aviv was named after Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.