Discussion: Supervising and following up on the issue of illegal aliens and its implications, following up on the government’s implementation of policy regarding the illegal aliens and the closing of the Holot facility, 16 April 2018
The Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee convened with MK Yoav Kisch leading the discussion, to discuss the implementation of the government’s policy on illegal aliens and the closure of the Holot facility. A center of the IIPC, Jonathan Jacubowicz, raised with participants the importance of the Holot facility for the immigration policy of Israel in the long run, mentioned the Eritrean government’s interest to have its citizens stay in Israel and insisted on the country’s right to have its own asylum policy:
“The State of Israel has become a place not worth coming for and not worth staying in due to instruments like Saharonim and Holot, the Deposit Law and the illegal aliens who have already left. When we established the holding facilities we stopped the influx even before the fence was erected. Not only is Holot an efficient tool to control immigration, it is also the most humane tool we advanced here because we put a complete stop to the phenomenon of torture in the Sinai. The State of Israel has erased this phenomenon from the planet because it stopped the influx of migrants. All this money transferred to the Beduins and was used to fund secondary immigration; all this was stopped by the State of Israel. Regarding migration – her, too, they say not everyone is a refugee but until today 20,000 illegal aliens have left. Not one, not two but 20,000.
Sudan is an enemy country and we have no ties with Sudan but if they pass through another country and do not settle down there, it means they can go to Sudan. I will add that today, according to international law, even most Darfurians can return to Sudan. Regarding Eritra – to all the humanitarians – the interest of the Eritrean government is that people will leave, make it to Western countries, receive a work permit and work there, because a third of Eritrea’s GNP comes from money they send back, and Israel is home to the largest Eritrean community in the world except the USA. It is a lot of money that the government of Eritrea receives, so to all the humanitarians opposing dictatorship, they are actually pumping up this dictatorship, they are working in symbiosis with the regime perhaps without intention, but de facto this is what is happening.
It is true that Europe is more generous about the granting of status, because their approach to this is that when there is a doubt, they take no risks and absorb everyone. It is Israel’s right to decide whether in doubtful cases it needs to accept or reject the migrants.”