Is­raeli jus­tice min­is­ter red-faced fol­low­ing mi­grant video mis­take

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Is­rael’s con­tro­ver­sial jus­tice min­is­ter Wed­nes­day ad­mit­ted her mis­take af­ter post­ing a video online pur­port­ing to show a black mi­grant at­tack­ing a res­i­dent when the footage was ap­par­ently recorded in another coun­try.

Ayelet Shaked posted the video on her Face­book page Tues­day as the High Court was poised to rule on a law re­lated to illegal im­mi­grants with the aim of show­ing the “in­tol­er­a­ble” sit­u­a­tion fac­ing res­i­dents of south­ern Tel Aviv.

“There was in­deed an er­ror,” Shaked, of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told army ra­dio, adding she had re­moved the video from her page.

Some lo­cal media re­ported that the video had been recorded in Tur­key.

Many mi­grants en­ter­ing Is­rael il­le­gally from Africa live in poor neigh­bor­hoods in south­ern Tel Aviv.

Some res­i­dents have re­acted an­grily to their pres­ence, and Shaked, known for her right-wing po­lit­i­cal stances, has taken a hard line against illegal im­mi­grants.

It is not the first time Shaked has sparked con­tro­versy with a Face­book post.

Last year, she en­dorsed an ar­ti­cle writ­ten in 2002 that la­beled Pales­tinian mil­i­tants as “snakes,” de­scribed “the en­tire Pales­tinian peo­ple (as) the en­emy” and said any­one sup- port­ing terror should be killed.

The post quickly dis­ap­peared from her Face­book page, but not be­fore it was re­ported by the Is­raeli media.

Is­rael’s top court on Tues­day over­turned a pro­vi­sion of a law that would have al­lowed illegal im­mi­grants to be held for up to 20 months with­out trial.

The court ruled that 20 months was a “dis­pro­por­tion­ate” pe­riod, though other pro­vi­sions in the law were ap­proved.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures show that nearly 50,000 Africans are in Is­rael il­le­gally, mostly from Eritrea, which is regularly ac­cused of hu­man rights abuses, and from war-rav­aged South Su­dan.

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