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    • zionist forever
    • 08.01.14 | 14:00 (IST)

    They do not have a right to vote so government doesn't need to worry about what they think. They do not have the sympathy of the people who do vote and government has to take notice of. They are not skilled labourers so they are easy to replace if they become to troublesome. They have no representation from unions who will fight their corner. The majority of Israelis don't want them and these protests and demands dont buy them public sympathy it angers people and they condemn the government for not doing enough to get rid of them rather than condemning the government for not taking them in. The UN and foreign governments can moan but they do not have the muscle needed to influence Israeli government policy and the friends they do have in the Knesset are in the tiny little parties like Meretz who don't have any real influence on policy. They don't have the no power base and they are fighting an uphill battle they cannot win.

    from the article: 10,000 Africans rally in Jerusalem, Knesset speaker thwarts talks with MKs
    First published 21:02 08.01.14 | Last updated 21:54 08.01.14
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