TEL AVIV (Dec. 1)
Police and government agents conducted a dragnet in six Israeli cities and towns Wednesday to round up foreigners working in Israel illegally.
Ten teams of five persons each, including police officers and inspectors of the Employment Service and Interior Ministry, swept through Tel Aviv, Holon, Herzliya, Yavne, Ashdod and Bat Yam.
They hit restaurants, bars, hotels, factories and other places where aliens are likely to be employed illegally.
At the end of the day, their “catch” numbered about 120.
Thursday’s roundup is only the beginning, as the campaign will be extended to other localities all over the country. Foreigners working illegally will be repatriated to their respective countries.
Those rounded up so far come from the Philippines, Thailand, Portugal, Ghana and Britain.
Many were employed as kitchen workers, as housemaids or in factory jobs that Israeli workers prefer to avoid.