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Israel to Pay African Nations to Take Illegal Aliens?


Israeli media report that the government sees illegal immigration as a demographic threat and is even considering paying African nations to take in illegal aliens who have been caught and deported. Most illegal aliens in Israel come from Africa, especially the Sudan.

Israeli Nationalists March on Arab Town

By Luis Ramirez (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli police have clashed with Arab residents of a town in northern Israel as Jewish extremists staged a march. The confrontation came as tensions continue to run high among Israel's Arab citizens.

Police fired tear gas and stun grenades as demonstrators pelted them with rocks. Fueling the anger were hundreds of Jewish extremists who held a march through the town of Um el Fahm, one of the largest Arab communities in Israel.

The marchers were marking the 20th anniversary of the murder of Meir Kahane, a right-wing extremist rabbi who called for the expulsion of all Arabs from Israel and the West Bank. Kahane - an Israeli-American - was killed by an Arab man in New York.

Um el Fahm is home to the radical nationalist Islamist Movement, which some Israelis say is working to incite an Arab rebellion. Organizers said they marched to call on the Israeli government to ban the group.

Witnesses said marchers shouted, "Death to Arabs." Some demonstrators chanted slogans saying "Um el Fahm will be Jewish." Arab residents burned tires in the streets and threw rocks. Hundreds of Israeli police were deployed in the town.

Town leaders accused the marchers of trying to create chaos, and condemned the police for protecting the demonstrators who the town's mayor described as "madmen" and "racists." Arab Israelis, most of whom are ethnic Palestinians, make up 20% of Israel's population.

Ancient Tzfat 'Fighting a War Against Saudi Money'


Tzfat's chief rabbi, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, explained Wednesday that the ancient city is fighting a Saudi-financed invasion, after Labor MK Daniel Ben-Simon launched an unprecedentedly rude attack on the rabbi.

Speaking in the Knesset plenum, Ben Simon said: "This rabbi... this insane rabbi... this recidivist... every once in a while he comes out with his mantra in a city in which people coexist." Ben-Simon said Eliyahu should be "isolated" because of his opinions regarding Arabs. Ben-Simon may be referencing Israeli journalists' undeclared decision in 1984 to cease reporting about Rabbi Meir Kahane when he became too powerful, in their opinion.

Ben-Simon's attack reflects the Israeli Left's long-held view that any criticism of Arabs by Jews is motivated by "racism." The Left often equates the Jewish-Arab struggle in Israel to tensions in the segregated South in the US, or to the South African apartheid regime, with Jews in the role of whites.

Rabbi Eliyahu appeared unfazed by the vitriol. "Some people," he said, "are swept away by the UN motto that Zionism is a form of racism. People need to know that there is a quiet war going on here," he told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language news magazine. "The war today is a war against Saudi and anti-Semitic money and they are buying another parcel of land, another house and another goat" [a reference to the old-time Zionist precept of patiently redeeming the Land of Israel with "another parcel of land and another goat. - ed.].

"They are trying to break us with this money. The state is doing nothing. We cannot sit back passively when they are trying to take us over and offering endless sums of money for every apartment in Tzfat and other places… We are not taken aback," he intoned. "We hurt for them, we are sorry about them. In our eyes, Zionism is a source of pride; it is an expression of the Torah. I am proud that I was attacked over uttering words of Torah."

Education Ministry Dumps Program to Certify U.S. Olim Teachers


Israel National News has been informed that a program that retrains licensed teachers from the United States who make aliyah for work in the Israeli school system has been canceled, jeopardizing the prospective immigration of possibly hundreds of teachers in the coming years.

According to aliyah aid group Nefesh b'Nefesh, the closing of the "Morim Olim" (Immigrant teachers) program takes away what had been a valuable resource that teachers who wished to immigrate to Israel have used in the past to get themselves acclimated to the country.

The closure of the Morim Olim program, says Yael Katsman of NBN, means that "there is no longer an address within the system for teachers' questions and concerns, and assistance in helping them find jobs."

The program, initiated several years ago, successfully integrated hundreds of teachers trained in the United States into the Israeli school system. Teachers were trained on how to deal with Israeli students, and received instructions on how to teach their specialty in Hebrew. At the end of the one-year course, candidates emerged with an Israeli teacher's certificate, which allowed them to apply for jobs in the school system.

But recently, administrators and potential participants were informed that the program was being closed down, said sources close to the program who did not wish to be named. "The course was free, which was a great boon to new immigrants," said one participant in the program. "I have spent months attempting to track down those who decided to cut the program, in order to determine why they were closing it down. But no one is willing to come out and say why, which makes the closure even more frustrating."

There are alternatives, an individual involved in running the program said, but they aren't easy – or cheap. "The closest alternative is a one-year program offered by several teachers' colleges, but they are rather expensive. Then there are longer certification courses, but those are also inappropriate for these teachers, who not only have licenses, but have also taught in the classroom, some for many years."

Several Ministry meetings on possibly re-instating the program, scheduled after much pressure by teachers and aliyah advocates, have been postponed, with the newest date for the meeting set for this week. While the likelihood of reinstating the program seems dim at this point, Katsman says she is hopeful.

"The `Morim Olim' program gave much encouragement and advice to these immigrant teachers," she said. "Nefesh B'Nefesh has been in touch with the Director General of the Ministry of Education and other important players within the Ministry, advocating on behalf of the Olim."

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