Is Israel's plan to deport 40,000 African refugees racist?

The Israeli government has until Monday to provide further details of its controversial plan to expel thousands of African refugees - mostly Eritrean and Sudanese - to a third African country. The Supreme Court set the deadline earlier this month…suspending the deportations meantime.

On Saturday, more than 20,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against the expulsions. The United Nations has also criticized Israel for its hardline approach.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the flood of migrants was worse than "attacks by Sinai terrorists".

The refugees are being offered $3500 and a plane ticket to leave the country, or they face being locked up indefinitely.

So are the deportations a case of national security? Or is it part of a racist agenda?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan.


Monim Haron, asylum seeker and student at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent, Jerusalem Post.

Asaf Weitzen, Human Rights Attorney

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