Africans and Israel: Black in the “White Man’s Country”

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"Illegal Infiltrators"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the country’s thousands of African immigrants, "illegal infiltrators," enflaming the already violent tensions that are growing between the Israeli public and the African population.

"If we don't stop their entry, the problem … threatens our existence as a Jewish and democratic state," Netanyahu said May 20. "This phenomenon is very grave and threatens the social fabric of society, our national security and our national identity."

(Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

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