Canada has officially expressed its “concern” over Israel’s planned deportation of thousands of African asylum-seekers, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan, who illegally infiltrated into Israel via Egypt’s Sinai Desert with the aid of Bedouin smugglers.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that “Canada does not support policies of mass deportations of asylum seekers. The rights of asylum seekers and refugees are laid out in the Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees, of which Israel is a signatory”.
According to Israel’s Interior Ministry figures, there are currently some 42 000 African migrants in Israel, of which 18,000 married men, women and children are being spared deportation, at least for now. The first group to be deported is composed of 20,000 single Eritrean and Sudanese men.
The migrants were given a choice – leave voluntarily or risk imprisonment. Those who choose to leave are being offered a cash incentive of $3,500 and will be relocated to an unnamed third country, which aid workers say is Rwanda or Uganda.
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely says that the attempt by left-wing NGO’s to present migrant workers as refugees is purely political and does not reflect reality. “The government of Israel has decided to deport migrant workers, as is customary in many democratic countries, including the United States and Australia.”
The Liberal “concern” over deportation from Israel is hypocritical at best. In 2017 alone, Canada has deported over 8,000 foreign nationals. Since 2013, it has quietly deported 2,000 North Korean asylum seekers to South Korea, claiming that they lied on their applications when they indicated that they originally defected to North Korea instead of China. Last October, 150 North Koreans received notices that their permanent resident applications may be revoked over claims they made when they reached Canada.
In 2017, Reuters reported that Canada has deported hundreds of people to war-torn countries designated too dangerous for civilians. Between January 2014 and Sept. 6, 2017, Canada sent 134 people to Iraq, 62 to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 43 to Afghanistan, even though The United Nations’ High Commission on Refugees recommends against deportation to Iraq over its abysmal human rights record and conflict.
That same year, Canadian government has also deported 474 Haitians who crossed into Canada illegally after President Trump ended their temporary protection in the US.
There are currently 15,000 foreign nationals on Canada’s deportation list.