Last Thursday evening, a confused and rare feeling of normality ...Read More
Last Thursday evening, a confused and rare feeling of normality descended on Solomon Street in Neve Sha'anan in Tel Aviv. The street, on the western side of which for years had been abandoned by the deserted streets of the old central bus station, became an ex-territorial area a generation ago. The miserable people who were miserable - drug addicts, prostitutes, mentally frail - took over. Walking along it seemed like a journey through Dante's Inferno. Since 2007, 64,371 people have entered Israel illegally, which the state defines as "infiltrators." 72% came from Eritrea and 20% from Sudan. Over the years, with the exception of the construction of a wall along the border with Egypt, which eliminated the phenomenon almost completely, the state adopted a policy based on non-policy. On the one hand, Israel is a signatory to international conventions that do not allow it to return to its countries the citizens of Eritrea and Sudan in its territory. On the other hand, the state rarely checks the requests for asylum, recognizes only a few as refugees and does as much as it can in order to make life miserable for those who have entered its territory here.