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International ISRAEL: Hundreds protest ‘anti-African’ migration laws

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Rwandan Embassy in the Israeli city of Herzeliya to protest against tough new migration laws.

Some held banners reading “deported to death because I’m black”, suggesting African migrants are less welcome in Israel than Europeans because of racial discrimination.

Demonstrators are calling on Paul Kagame, the AU chairman and president of Rwanda, to oppose Israel’s plan to expel 38,000 migrants – who are mostly of Eritrean and South Sudanese origin.

At the start of the year, the Israeli government issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

It said migrants would be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days, and would be given the option of going to their home country or third countries.

But if they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.

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