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Tel Aviv inspectors destroy food with bleach in raid on African restaurants

 
A patron of a Sudanese restaurant in southern Tel Aviv snapped photos of municipal inspectors destroying food by pouring bleach on it, as part of a raid on about 10 businesses run by African migrants on Sunday night. Our Observer, who owns the restaurant, believes the authorities are cracking down in an effort to pressure African migrants into leaving Israel. Read more…
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Palestinian workers 'not welcome' on Israeli buses?

 
Every day, thousands of Palestinians go to work in Israel by taking the same buses as Jewish settlers. The buses are mostly driven by Israelis. This forced co-existence is becoming increasingly tense, as we can see in a video filmed by a FRANCE 24 Observer. Read more...
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Alleged spies in Gaza are tortured to death, dragged through streets

 
Videos of a ghastly scene that took place in Gaza are making the rounds on social networks. The video shows six Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel being tortured to death in front of the son of one of the accused. Their corpses were then dragged down the street. A witness describes the killings. Read more...
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Gaza offensive: Palestinians react on social networking sites

 
It’s a sign of the times: never before had the start of a military operation been announced on Twitter, until the Israeli Army decided to do just that when it attacked Gaza on Wednesday. Ever since, the Army’s communications department has been tweeting and uploading videos onto YouTube non-stop. Hamas activists also have been reacting on the Internet, but to a far lesser degree. Just as with the armed conflict, it seems the two sides are not fighting on a level playing field. Read more...
 
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Palestinian tourist tells of being “Tasered” by Israeli police – while handcuffed

 
Last week, a Palestinian tourist who tried to intervene in a dispute between a policeman and a youth in a Tel Aviv amusement park ended up being Tasered by the police officer. The incident, which was filmed by passers-by, has caused outrage in Israel. The tourist in question told us his story. Read more...
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An Ivorian immigrant recounts his return from Israel: “I left Tel Aviv before I was forced out"

 
First it was illegal South Sudanese immigrants, now it’s illegal Ivorian immigrants who are facing the threat of deportation from Israel. As part of the government’s plan to eventually repatriate all illegal African immigrants, the Minister of the Interior announced on June 28 that Ivorians living unlawfully in Israel had just a little over two weeks to leave the country. Our Observer, an Ivorian immigrant, told us about his return from Tel Aviv to Abidjan. Read more...
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South Sudanese immigrants prepare for mass deportation: 'Israel has become hostile territory'

 
Hundreds of South Sudanese immigrants are frantically preparing to be deported in the coming weeks, after a court ruled that Israel could send them back to South Sudan. Throughout the past decade, they trickled into the country illegally; until now, Israel had tolerated their presence. Our Observer tells us he is afraid to go back to a country he barely knows, and where violence has recently flared – but that he would also be afraid to stay in Israel, where Africans are increasingly becoming the targets of violent attacks. Read more...
 

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Violent riots in Tel Aviv fan Israel's bitter immigration dispute

 
Violent riots against immigration from Africa shook Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, prompting a counter-protest on Thursday, but also leading government officials to call for the immediate deportation of Israel’s tens of thousands of illegal African immigrants. Read more...
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