First attack of it's kind against African migrants in Tel-Aviv;Hundreds of social activists protest for solidarity with the Africans

TA Police arrested a 20-year-old resident of Tel Aviv on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of asylum-seeking migrants in the city's Shapira neighborhood.
Firebombs were hurled overnight Friday at four homes in which African migrants reside and towards another apartment which also serves as a kindergarten. No injuries were reported, but the structures were damaged.

Investigators have gathered forensic evidence that allegedly links the suspect to the crime. Police are still trying to determine whether the suspect had any accomplices.





Following the incident, some 200 social activists held a rally in the Shapira neighborhood on Friday in support of the migrants. "It was just a matter of time," said Orit Marom of the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel. "The incitement against asylum-seekers is terrible."

Dori, a neighborhood resident, said that while she is against hurling firebombs, it is the migrants who usually instigate the violence. "We are afraid to walk the streets or send our children to the park alone," she said.



Another Shapira resident said: "We are not a sewer in which all the refugees are thrown into. They should be scattered all over the country. Let us live."



Some 200 activist protest against hurling of Molotov cocktails at houses of asylum seekers in Tel Aviv's Shapira neighborhood.
"This area is becoming hell, the two sides need to level their criticism at those who are responsible, instead of blaming each other. The government needs to give alternatives and address these problems – otherwise the situation will deteriorate," said on of the activists.


Maya, one of the activists who rallied in support of the asylum seekers, said: "We came here to try to calm the spirits down, and help the victims of these attacks feel that there are other people who do not carry messages of hate."


Another activist noted that Thursday's incident "stemmed from a feeling of frustration and helplessness harbored by the residents of the neighborhood, who are rightfully angry at the government for neglecting their neighborhood. But on the other hand there are the refugees, who are also suffering.



"This area is becoming hell," the activist noted, adding that "the two sides need to level their criticism at those who are responsible, instead of blaming each other. The government needs to give alternatives and address these problems – otherwise the situation will deteriorate," he said.




Shapira resident Lior Levy said he came out to show solidarity with the refugees. "Many of the residents demand to have them deported, mainly for racist reasons. These are helpless people. This neighborhood was forsaken in the hands of racist groups like the KKK, who wish to terrorize innocent people.






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3 first photos are from the intense social activist rally, which were protesting against the attack: First sign says "Violence-Racism-Nationalism - Not in here!",
Another sign says: "Good night, stinky fascist"
Another photo shows one of the balconies which were torched, last photo shows African migrants in their apartment

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