Graphic footage has appeared on social media of violent scenes from anti-African protests which have flared in Israel. Israeli and Middle Eastern news website, Haaretz, reported that around a thousand people turned out in a neighbourhood of Tel Aviv yesterday to show their anger over the numbers of asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea in their area.
Here some migrant workers come under siege by hundreds of protestors in their car. Apparently some migrant workers were attacked in the street while all this was going on. It's not hard to believe looking at these pictures. Protestors also smashed up the windows of a shop that's known to serve the migrant community and looted.
The violent behaviour seems to be in direct support of government ministers, whose outspoken words have buoyed people's enthusiasm for a shocking level of race hatred. Haaretz also reported that an MP from the Israel Likud Party, Miri Regev, took part in the protest and said that "the Sudanese were a cancer in our body." Earlier this week Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, called for the detention and expulsion of all asylum seekers, saying they were a crime-risk.
Men, women and children rampaged through the streets prompting police to come out on horseback to try and calm the situation down. Orit Marom from a Refugee Aid Organisation said 'The situation in these neighbourhoods is very difficult, but of course this is not a justification for such racism, violence and riots. We have been saying all along that this is a ticking bomb, we have been saying all along that the Israeli government must address this issue."
20 people arrested during the protest will appear in court today.