Photos by: Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Keren Manor and JC
The number of African asylum seekers in Israel has grown in recent years, now standing at roughly 60,000, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan. To stem the tide of arrivals the state has been pursuing a string of restrictive measures, which was added to anti-immigrant rhetoric used by government officials. In May 2012, after an anti-migrants demonstration fueled with raciest slogans by attending right-wing Knesset members, a nighttime mob attack took place against African migrants and their properties in the southern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv.
This photo-essay tells the story of that night, which is now referred to by many as "The Pogrom", and key events that led to it during 2012.