Dozens of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv last night to protest against the deportation of African asylum seekers and migrants. In response, dozens of southern Tel Aviv residents who support the deportation held a counter-protest in the same area.

Watch: Tel Aviv residents hold counter-protest in favor of deportation (Video Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson)

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Dozens of Israelis gathered on Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv to protest against the deportation of African asylum seekers and migrants to underdeveloped countries. Southern Tel Aviv residents who support the deportation gathered in the same area to hold a counter-demonstration. Police officers were at the scene and separated the sides.

Last week, Israeli government ministers approved a deal to deport African asylum seekers and migrants. According to the agreement, the government is offering a grant to those who leave Israel for “Third World countries” in Africa, such as Rwanda and Uganda.







Protest, last night

Protest, last night Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson

However, the Rwandan and Ugandan governments are denying making any deal with Israel to take in the asylum seekers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear that the asylum seekers and migrants “will leave anyway.”