Israel has begun handing out notices to 20,000 male African migrants, giving them two months to leave the country. If they do not leave by then, Reuters reports that they’ll be thrown in jail.
Roughly 37,000 Africans in Israel’s fate lies in the hands of the country’s decision. Migrants from Sudan and Eritrea will be given $3,500 and a plane ticket to what it says is a safe destination to another country in sub-Saharan Africa.
According to the government, the migrants are “infiltrators” who are looking for work rather than asylum. The plan has received a wave of backlash, with rabbis, ordinary people and a small group of survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who say the country should show greater compassion to the migrants.
On Sunday, Israel handed out eviction notices. Israeli official also disseminated job advertisements for immigration inspectors to implement the deportation plan on government websites.
“I don’t know what to do. Rwanda, Uganda are not my countries, what will a third country help me?” said Eritrean Berihu Ainom, after receiving an eviction notice on Sunday.
The notices of deportation do not name the country immigrants will be flown to by officials say the destination will be safe. Uganda and Rwanda have been listed as possible host countries.
“I came to Israel to save my life,” said Eritrean Afoworki Kidane, sitting on a street bench.
ting “Jewish values and refugee heritage”.