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01 Feb 2018 description
report IRIN

Just two months from now, the Israeli government says it will begin indefinitely imprisoning asylum seekers who refuse deportation. IRIN Middle East Editor Annie Slemrod explores what this means for the tens of thousands of people now facing an uncertain future.

After escaping torture in Sudan, after walking 11 hours through the Egyptian desert, and after handing almost all his money to men with guns who blocked his way, Adam slipped through an opening in a border fence and laid down on the sand.

14 May 2014 description
report IRIN

TEL AVIV, 14 May 2014 (IRIN) - Thousands of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel suffering from trauma and depression after fleeing abuses in their home country or surviving torture camps in Egypt are now getting improved mental health care, though more needs to be done, say refugee groups.

21 Nov 2012 description
report IRIN

TEL AVIV, 21 November 2012 (IRIN) - The Israeli government says a hardening of migration policy has caused a 90 percent drop in arrivals in the last few months, from around 2,000 in May to 122 in September.

Under an updated Anti-Infiltration law passed in January, all illegal border crossers are labelled “infiltrators” and can be detained for up to three years.

30 May 2012 description
report IRIN

TEL AVIV, 30 May 2012 (IRIN) - Abraham Alu, a 35-year-old South Sudanese is one of roughly 60,000 African asylum seekers in Israel. He lives in south Tel Aviv where rents are cheap, does odd jobs and scrapes by, but feels constantly threatened.

Recently, he narrowly escaped attack by a group of Jewish protesters in the city who had smashed African-owned shops and beaten up Africans. A policeman pointed to the Jewish protesters heading in his direction and said, "Run, they'll murder you! Run!". Alu said:

12 Dec 2011 description
report The New York Times

By ETHAN BRONNER

Published: December 11, 2011

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government on Sunday announced plans to spend $160 million on efforts to stem the growing number of Africans who enter the country illegally, seeking jobs and political asylum. The money will go toward work on an Egyptian border fence that is already under construction, an expansion of detention centers and increased policing of companies that hire undocumented workers.

23 Aug 2011 description

Interviewee: David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor, CFR.org

August 23, 2011

25 Feb 2011 description

LATEST DEVELOPMENT SINCE 22 FEBRUARY

An escalation in violence took place in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel during 23 and 24 February, resulting in the killing of an armed Palestinian and the injury of 12 other Palestinians. Incidents included a series of Israeli shelling and airstrikes, along with Palestinian firing of mortar shells and one Grad rocket that hit Be'er Sheva' City

23 Jan 2008 description
report IRIN

GAZA/JERUSALEM, 23 January 2008 (IRIN) - In the early morning of 23 January Palestinian militants blew up sections of the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, effectively allowing tens of thousands of Palestinians to freely leave or enter the enclave for the first time since last June 2007.

"I'm going to Al-Arish to see my married daughter.

23 Sep 2005 description

Gaza (dpa) - The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Egypt opened the Rafah terminal on the Gaza Strip border with Egypt Friday, allowing thousands of Palestinians stranded in Egypt to return home over a two-day period, officials said.

Only Gazans who were students, receiving medical treatment, or residing in Egypt were allowed to cross in the opposite direction, said Nazmi Muhana, the director of Gaza border crossings.

24 Jun 2005 description
report Xinhua

CAIRO, Jun 24, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Some 1,000 Palestinians spent the night on the Egyptian side of the Rafah checkpoint on the border between Gaza and Egypt on Thursday due to tight Israeli checks, the official MENA news agency reported Friday.

Israeli forces had stepped up security at the border and only let a very slow trickle across, said an Egyptian border official in Rafah on condition of anonymity.

Palestinians stranded at the border checkpoint had to sleep outdoors or in buses, said the official, adding "their numbers keep growing and there are currently around …

20 Jun 2005 description
report Xinhua

JERUSALEM, Jun 20, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Israel's intelligence chief accused the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) of "doing nothing" to rein in terror, local newspaper Ha'aretz reported on its website Monday.

Brigadier General Yosef Kuperwasser, Israeli Military Intelligence Research Division head, said PNA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is not showing enough leadership in the fight against terrorism.

Kuperwasser's remarks came amid a flare-up of violence on Monday, during which Islamic Jihad claimed its militants shot dead an Israeli in the West Bank and …

16 Apr 2005 description


On the Lebanese leg of the trip, I joined up with ANERA Board Member and Vice Chair, Fawzi Kawash. In Jordan, ANERA Middle East Representative, Tom Neu, joined us with Hanan Shasha, head of ANERA's Amman office. In Palestine and Israel, ANERA Board Member, Philip Wilcox, joined us for about half of the trip. Dr. Eid Mustafa, member of the ANERA Medical Committee, joined Fawzi Kawash, Philip Wilcox, and me for a couple of meetings.

19 Nov 2004 description

FAONEWSRELEASE 04/146 E
Countries should closely monitor the situation and undertake any necessary control - no reason to panic

Rome, 19 November 2004 -- FAO has alerted Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Saudi Arabia and Sudan of the possibility of a few desert locust swarms arriving from northern Egypt.

14 May 1998 description

General

1. This document presents the principles of a political initiative of the Government of Israel which deals with the continuation of the peace process; the termination of the state of war with the Arab states; a solution for the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza district; peace with Jordan; and a resolution of the problem of the residents of the refugee camps in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza district.

2. The document includes:

a. The principles upon which the initiative is based.

b. Details of the processes for its implementation.

17 Sep 1978 description

Signed in Washington D.C. 17 September, 1978