Israel Needs African Migrants, So Why Is It Expelling Them?

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Israeli policemen and immigration officers arrest an African asylum seeker following a protest near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt. Photographer: Oren Ziv/AFP via Getty Images

Born and raised in Israel, David Blum always thought of his country as a refuge for the persecuted. Why then, he asks, is the government stepping up efforts to deport African refugees? He says the policy is a betrayal of Israel’s traditions -- and bad business given that the Africans are the backbone of the restaurant and hotel industry.

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