GENEVA (1 March 2018) – The new policy by Israel to deport Eritrean and Sudanese nationals violates international human rights and refugee law, UN human rights experts* have said, calling on the authorities to immediately suspend and revise the policy and its implementation.
IsraAID, Israel's largest civil society humanitarian aid organization, is adding its voice to the many businesses, organizations, politicians, layleaders, and concerned citizens requesting from the Israeli government to reconsider its policy towards asylum seekers.*
About 15,000 protesters turned out Saturday on the streets of Tel Aviv to voice their opposition to the deportation of African asylum-seekers, many of them from Sudan and Eritrea.
The demonstration in south Tel Aviv was in the heart of the area where many Africans live after arriving in the city via the bus station there. Over the past 12 years, about 40,000 Africans are estimated to have entered Israel illegally.
On 1 January, the Israeli government announced a new plan to coerce all Eritreans and Sudanese asylum seekers to leave the country by the end of March 2018. Those leaving within this period will receive a grant of USD 3,500 in cash upon their departure and a free one-way ticket. Those who will remain, will face indefinite imprisonment.
The last few weeks have seen an encouraging surge in the opposition to the government’s decision to deport asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have been living in Israel for over a decade.
By Maayan Lubell and Elana Ringler
Israel says migrants are job seekers
TEL AVIV, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Israel has started handing out notices to 20,000 male African migrants giving them two months to leave the country or risk being thrown in jail.
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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.
Thousands of Eritreans, Sudanese Face Prison if They Refuse to Leave
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR is again appealing to Israel to halt its policy of relocating Eritreans and Sudanese to sub-Saharan Africa. This is after some 80 cases were identified in which people relocated by Israel risked their lives by taking dangerous onward journeys to Europe via Libya.
Some 38,000 African migrants live in Israel. New Israeli plan offers them $3,500 to leave.
JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.
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By Shani Bar-Tuvia, PhD student, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program “Human Rights under Pressure: Ethics, Law and Politics”, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
A decade has gone by since the first African asylum seekers arrived in Israel. Still, the Ministry of Health has failed to formulate a comprehensive policy to regulate their access to health services. The following report details the costs of this failure - the health, moral and economic cost of the lack of healthcare policy for asylum seekers. It then offers an alternative: a sustainable solution for that population that includes a state-sponsored insurance arrangement.
By Brigitte Leoni
LISBON, 24 November, 2017 - Do not be surprised to see tsunami warning signs if you walk along the beaches of Tel Aviv, they were set up earlier this month to coincide with the World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5 by the city authorities to alert tourists and residents to the potential risk of a tsunami along the Mediterranean coastline.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seriously concerned by proposals announced yesterday by Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Under these proposals, Eritreans and Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees would be compelled to accept relocation to countries in Africa or face imprisonment in Israel. The closure of the Holot facility housing many of the Eritreans and Sudanese, will also be decided in the next three months.
Secretary-General: Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your warm welcome. I started the visit to your beautiful country with two very emotional moments: first in Yad Vashem and then in the Grove of Nations; and Yad Vashem is there to remind us of the holocaust and to remind us of how important it is even today as the holocaust was not more than the culmination of millennia of expression of anti-Semitism around the world through discriminations and persecution that I witness also in my own county in the middle ages and then with the expulsion of Jews in the 16th century.
2017 amendment to Anti-Infiltration Law will affect asylum seekers’ food security and ability to afford medical treatment
Earlier this week the “Deposit law”— the recent amendment to the Anti-Infiltration Law — came into force, with dangerous implications for the roughly 40,000 asylum seekers residing in Israel.
According to the outline, Israel will be able to absorb approximately 100 orphaned children thus facilitating their rehabilitation in Israel.
(Communicated by the Interior Ministry Population and Immigration Authority)
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, this week, authorized Population and Immigration Authority personnel to begin contacts with relevant agencies on allowing the absorption of children who have survived the fighting in Syria.
Heavy rain and fog have been affecting the city of Haifa over the past few days, causing casualties and injuries.
Local media, as of 14 December early morning (UTC), reported that one person has been killed due to floods, over 10 have been injured due to fog, and traffic has been disrupted in many parts of the city.
Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain may affect several areas of the country, including the ones already affected.
• Severe bush fires started on 23 November in the two provinces of Haifa and Jerusalem resulting in the evacuation of 60 000 people.
• In immediate reaction to the fires, several Participating States have provided assistance via the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.
• 10 amphibious firefighting aircrafts, 2 command and logistical planes and 70 people were deployed through UCPM
• 179 flight hours and 216 water drops were operated.
• The last deployment ended on 30 November.