According to a report on Tuesday, students from different African countries have been kicked out of the Israeli town of Avshalom, after locals claimed they would bring “rape, murder and break-ins” to the area.
The African students were part of Israeli government programme to study agriculture.
WhatsApp messages from a group of local residents obtained by Israeli media include statements such as: “There is a very serious problem and we need to deal with it urgently. Otherwise, remember very well what I’m saying, the day is not far away that there will be rape, murder and break-ins in the community”.
Another resident wrote: “As far as I’m concerned, they are animals, rapists, human trash. Their place is not here.”
The owner of the house in Avshalom that had been rented out to the students, Nir Damari, told Israli media, “This is racism, it’s nothing else.
“What really bothers the residents is the renters’ skin colour.”