Police on Wednesday arrested an Eritrean national on the suspicion that he had been acting in Israel on behalf of a terror organization.
The arrest came several few days after Israel commenced operation “Returning Home” aimed at deporting Africans residing illegally in Israel.
According to the Israel Police International Crimes Unit, Kibari Gabriosous, 22, a resident of Tel Aviv, raised money among African migrants and laundered it before transferring it to a Sinai-based terror group.
Gabriosus was arraigned in the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court.
Last month, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, one of the most strident voices in favor of expelling Israel’s African population, charged that most asylum-seekers engaged in criminal activity.
The recent proliferation of anti-migrant sentiment was in part precipitated by incidences of violence, including sexual violence against Israeli women allegedly perpetrated by Eritrean and Sudanese residents of South Tel Aviv.
Police say the overall crime rate among the migrants is lower than for Israelis.