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Bill Van Esveld, a Jerusalem based representative of Human Rights Watch, is speaking out against the Israeli government because of the way they are treating African migrants. In the last 48 hours, over 60 migrants have been arrested and detained by Israeli security. According to Esveld, the human rights representative, the migrants are being arrested without first verifying their immigration or asylum status.
Analysts say the Israeli government is under increasing pressure because of recent attacks by extremist Israelis against African migrants whom they blame for rising crime rates – despite government figures to the contrary.
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the government would begin enforcing the law against South Sudanese first.
A leader of the South Sudanese community in the Israeli border city of Eilat, Moses Gadia, said many South Sudanese had heard the deportations were about to begin and had prepared to leave voluntarily.