Israel may jail illegal immigrants for up to three years under a new law, an Interior Ministry official has said.
The controversial law, which was was put into effect on Sunday, was passed by parliament in January.
The law, which aims at stemming the flow of Africans entering Israel across its desert border with Egypt, was initially denounced by liberal politicians and human rights activists .
“The law takes effect from today,” said Sabine Haddad, the Interior Ministry spokeswoman.
Haddad noted that Israeli leaders had said they would try to reduce an influx they view as a threat to Israel’s
Jewish character, and quoted Interior Minister Eli Yishai as saying last month he wanted to jail or deport illegal