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The New Israel Fund denies any pressure on Rwanda government regarding the deportation of African migrants

 The New Israel Fund (NIF) has  denied  accusations that it sent a letter to the Rwandan government asking it to reject a deal to absorb illegal migrants from Israel, Jewishpress got the letter

This comes after on Tuesday this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the NIF for pressuring his government’s deal with Rwanda, saying that the Fund had persuaded the African nation to refuse to take in the African migrants deported from Israel.

In a post on his Facebook page, Netanyahu insisted that “the Fund endangers the security and future of the State of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.”

NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch  has refuted Nttanyahu’s accusations saying  “The New Israel Fund did not pressure the Rwandan government to refuse to participate in Netanyahu’s cruel mass deportation plan”

We did support massive numbers of Israelis standing up for what is right and demanding action from their own government.” he added

“Netanyahu’s attempt to blame the NIF for Rwanda’s decision to back away from a purported deal on accepting the refugees which it denies having made in the first place – is as outrageous as it is ridiculous,” Chemi Shalev wrote in Ha’aretz on Thursday.

“Netanyahu’s attempt to blame the NIF for Rwanda’s decision to back away from a purported deal on accepting the refugees – which it denies having made in the first place – is as outrageous as it is ridiculous,” he emphasised

On the other hand, Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s foreign minister on Wednesday denied Netanyahu’s claim about the NIF’s role in getting his country to reject the resettlement deal. He went as far as to declare that he has no idea who the NIF is, and that the whole story was “preposterous.”

Meanwhile, Israel had only comprehensively checked Rwanda for  welcoming refugees, it is  said that it will update the court today April 5, 2018 about its unrevealed findings, but requested that those findings be kept under seal.

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Fred Masengesho Rugira/Bwiza.com

 

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