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27 Mar 2014 description
report Voice of America

Scott Bobb

HOLOT, ISRAEL — The Israeli Supreme Court is due to begin hearings in April on a controversial law that has allowed the government to detain thousands of African migrants who are seeking political asylum.

The migrants, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, say they fled repression in their home countries, but the Israeli government says they are in Israel mainly looking for work.

18 Sep 2013 description

Israel's Supreme Court declares internment of refugees to be unconstitutional

Göttingen, 17. September 2013

25 Jun 2012 description
report Voice of America

by Robert Berger

JERUSALEM -- Israel is deporting a second planeload of African migrants as it continues a crackdown on what officials have described as “infiltrators.”

Israel says the deportation of 150 people back to their home country of South Sudan is aimed at curbing a flood of African migrants.

More than 60,000 Africans have illegally entered Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula since 2005, most from Eritrea and Sudan. They claim to be refugees, but Israel says the vast majority are economic migrants seeking a higher standard of living.

14 Jun 2012 description

Sarnata Reynolds

Having just returned from the new nation of South Sudan where I assessed the risk of statelessness, I am very worried about Israel's decision to arrest, jail, and deport all 1500 of that country’s "South Sudanese."

12 Jun 2012 description

By Douglas Hamilton

TEL AVIV, June 12 (Reuters) - African migrants chosen for deportation from Israel were nervously awaiting a knock on the door or a tap on the shoulder on Tuesday as immigration officials rounded up hundreds for departure flights due to begin at the weekend.

"The people are very tense. It's pretty traumatic," said Jacob Berri, a spokesman for the South Sudanese community of migrants, the first to be repatriated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emergency plan.

11 Jun 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours

EILAT, Israel, Jun 11, 2012 (IPS) - Moses Gadia speaks quietly, a detailed and colourful map of South Sudan on the wall next to him. In the courtyard outside, a group of six men, all South Sudanese refugees, chat in the shade of plastic tarps.

"I’m 100 percent sure that by next month, this place won’t be here," said Gadia, head of the South Sudanese Organisation for Development in Israel (SSODI), about the group’s office in Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel.

09 Jun 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mya Guarnieri

TEL AVIV, Jun 9, 2012 (IPS) - It’s Saturday night in south Tel Aviv. Amine Zegata, a 36-year-old refugee from Eritrea is reopening the small bar he owns in the HaTikva neighbourhood. The pub was closed after Jewish Israelis smashed his windows and the bottles within during the race riots two weeks back. But Zegata has been assaulted twice since then. Violence against African refugees is continuing.

07 Jun 2012 description
report The Guardian

Simon Mayer, whose children speak Hebrew, escaped violence and discrimination on his way from southern Sudan to a new life

Harriet Sherwood in Tel Aviv

It was the dead of night when Simon Mayer began throwing his family over the fence. First his seven-month-old baby, then his two-year-old son, then his wife, hoisted up on his shoulders.

Finally Mayer, exhausted and dripping with blood from wounds from the barbed wire, hurled himself at the feet of the soldiers on the other side. At last, he thought, I am in Israel; my new life can begin.

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:

11 Apr 2012 description

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

Index: MDE 15/020/2012

Amnesty International urges the Israeli government to reverse its decision to deport all individuals of South Sudanese origin living in Israel to South Sudan and to extend the temporary collective protection previously offered to this community.

27 Mar 2012 description
report IRIN

TEL AVIV, 27 March 2012 (IRIN) - Asylum-seekers from South Sudan living in Israel have until 31 March to return “home” or face deportation, but some have asked to stay, saying conditions are not yet conducive for their safe return.

19 Mar 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mya Guarnieri

TEL AVIV, Mar 19, 2012 (IPS) - Thousands of African refugees in Israel face expulsion to dangerous conditions in their countries of origin as Israel hardens its policies. The refugees are increasingly turning to protest.

Hundreds of African refugees and Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday night under the banner ‘It’s dangerous in South Sudan’ to protest the imminent expulsion of 700 Sudanese asylum seekers, including children.

08 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

JERUSALEM, 10 November 2009 (IRIN) - Aid groups and several members of parliament (MPs) are outraged by what seems to be the toughening of Israeli policy towards asylum-seekers illegally entering the country.

An “infiltration” law, the first draft of which has passed through parliament, is up for approval in the coming weeks despite efforts by NGOs to stop it. If approved, the law will regard anyone illegally entering the country as a criminal, and will allow a sentence of up to seven years for any asylum-seeker from an “enemy” country.