In an escalation of their protest against measures restricting their movement and ability to work, African asylum seekers in Israel announced a general strike that will go into effect on Sunday morning.
The strike is set to begin with a protest march from the Levinsky Park in Tel Aviv to the city’s Rabin Square, where the protesters will stage a demonstration.
The asylum seekers demand refugee status and have been protesting the Israeli government’s policy of holding them in the new Holot facility in the Negev.
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Israel is a tiny country: 20,770 sq km (8,020 sq miles), a bit smaller then Belize and El Salvador. That is can absorb any significant number of African migrants is ridiculous.
Especially since the population of Africa is growing by leap and bounds:
The world’s population will reach almost eleven billion by the end of the century because of soaring birth rates in Africa, according to new research.
The latest projection is about 800 million – 8% – more than a previous UN forecast of 10.1 billion issued in 2011.
Researchers had expected fertility on the poorest continent where a woman will give birth to an average of 5.2 children in her lifetime, to fall more quickly than it has.
The current African population is about 1.1 billion and it is now expected to reach 4.2 billion, nearly a fourfold increase, by 2100.