New Israeli Rule Aims to Halt Illegal Migrants from Wiring Money Home, So what’s the problem America?
|The Israeli Justice Ministry wants to criminalize international wire transfers by infiltrators, in a bid to deter them from seeking work in Israel.The bill calls for six-month imprisonment or a 30,000 shekel fine (around 7,500 U.S. dollars) for lawbreakers, which the ministry stressed was meant against illegal infiltrators, and not refugees.The bill amendment is still due to be approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs and then by the Knesset (parliament).Natalja, an Eritrean refugee, said that the new amendment will put her and her family in an impossible situation.“My parents and brother are still there, and my father isn’t well. I try to help with whatever I can by sending them money. Now, if this bill passes, what am I going to do?” she said.“I think they’re using whatever tactics they can to get us to leave. My family needs this money and I don’t know what I’m going to do. My family and other people’s families need to survive,” she added.Sigal Rozen, director of the Tel-Aviv-based Hotline for Foreign Workers, told Xinhua Monday that the amendment puts some of the refugees between a rock and a hard place.|