The previous law was struck down by the High Court, which ordered the state to begin releasing the asylum seekers it was indefinitely detaining. Instead, the Knesset passed a law to circumvent the ruling and indefinitely detain asylum seekers in 'open prisons.' By Elizabeth Tsurkov After a passionate debate and a filibuster by opposition members of Knesset, the new amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law passed 30 to 15 early Tuesday morning. The new amendment, hurriedly drafted and passed by the governing coalition, will replace the 2012 amendment to the law, which was nixed by the High Court of Justice…Read More... | 19 Comments
This week: Palestinians demonstrate against the Israeli separation wall and U.S. foreign policy, construction and demolition of Palestinian homes, Afghan asylum seekers struggle in Europe, a funeral for a Palestinian who died in Israeli custody, a hearing on the Prawer-Begin Plan, animal rights activists in Tel Aviv, and Palestinians seek water access in the Jordan Valley.Read More...
This week: Palestinians face the separation wall and settler violence while harvesting olives, Afghan asylum seekers protest while under pressure in Brussels, Israelis face eviction from public housing, Palestinians debate prisoner exchanges, new barriers are built in Hebron, West Bankers wait for work, and Palestinian children face soldiers and water shortages.Read More...
Ido Naveh says he will continue to stage non-violent protests outside Israel's desert detention camp until all the asylum seekers held within it are freed. By David Sheen Many Israelis may support their government's efforts to keep non-Jewish asylum seekers from Africa at bay and beyond the borders of the country. In recent weeks, however, one man has repeatedly provoked prison officials into detaining him, in order to protest the imprisonment of the Africans. Ido Naveh of Jerusalem has been detained at least three times in the last month for maintaining a non-violent vigil outside of Saharonim, Israel’s desert detention…Read More... | 4 Comments
The former Shas chairman was one of the most vocal opponents of African refugees in Israel. But after Yishai was replaced, the party's attitudes may have changed. +972 speaks to Shas MK Yitzhak Vaknin. By Aaron Magid Just over a year ago, then Shas chairman and Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared that until he could deport African asylum seekers, he would “lock them up to make their lives miserable.” In a different interview he claimed that most of the Africans in Israel are Muslims, exclaiming, “[they] think that the country doesn’t belong to us, the white man.” But a year…Read More...
This week: Memorials for those killed protesting the separation barrier, weekly protests against the occupation, Palestinians and internationals destroy an Israeli barrier, Palestinians return to their land after 35 years, and more.Read More...
Monday's High Court ruling provided a major blow to the state's attempt to hold asylum seekers in detention. However, despite the decision, asylum seekers are still not entitled to basic benefits such as health insurance, social services, housing and the freedom to work. By Elizabeth Tsurkov Refugees in Israel reacted with delight to the news of the nixing of the Anti-Infiltration Law by the High Court of Justice. Under the law, nearly 1,700 asylum-seekers, most of them Eritreans, are currently detained under the law in either the Saharonim or Ktziot internment camps in the Negev. All asylum seekers who entered Israel…Read More... | 1 Comment
Court orders the state to begin releasing more than 1,700 prisoners immediately. In a landmark ruling, a special nine-justice panel of the High Court of Justice decided to strike down the amendment to Israel’s infamous anti-infiltration bill, which allowed the state to hold African asylum seekers in custody, without trial, for three years (and in some cases – indefinitely). The court’s unanimous decision was that the bill contradicts Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty. The amendment in the bill allowing the state to hold without trial any person who entered the country illegally was deemed “disproportionate” to the challenge…Read More... | 2 Comments
Israel could learn a thing or two from the Kenyan High Court's rebuttal of efforts to lock up asylum seekers. There are judges in Nairobi , and they are more courageous and much more familiar with refugee law than judges in Jerusalem. A Kenyan court last month published a ruling on a government decision to round up asylum seekers from urban areas and put them in refugee camps, from which they will need permits to leave. There are around 600,000 asylum seekers in Kenya. At the end of 2012, the Kenyan government published a new policy saying that asylum seekers…Read More... | 7 Comments
This week, West Bank Palestinians make their way to Jerusalem to pray in al Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, African asylum seekers protest the country's Anti-Infiltrator Law outside the attorney general's home, an Israeli human rights worker is shot by Israeli forces and Israelis demonstrate for housing rights.Read More... | 1 Comment
Aside from emergency services, Israel doesn't provide asylum seekers with an adequate solution to health and medical problems. This year, however, the Health Ministry established a limited medical clinic designed for the refugee population. While the clinic is a small step in the right direction, the question remains: In a country with a public health system, why can't refugees simply receive treatment in public hospitals along with Israelis and other residents? http://youtu.be/b84GPsjIeskRead More...
Although organized anti-African protests and attacks seem to have become less frequent in south Tel Aviv, a group of friends encounters a new type of organized racism during the city's "White Night" celebrations. By Leah McDonnell and Rebecca de Vries Racial tension in south Tel Aviv is not a new phenomenon, generally taking the form of xenophobic marches, protests and anti-refugee demonstrations. Although the number of protests and participants seems to have diminished, there is a new, developing trend. As of late, there appears to be an increase of smaller, more individualistic attacks against refugees in the south of the…Read More... | 20 Comments
Asylum seekers return meals for fifth straight day in protest of administrative detention, NGOs report. (Updated below) Some 350 Eritrean asylum seekers are in the fifth day of a hunger strike protesting their administrative detention in an Israeli prison. Asylum seekers in Block 3 of the Saharonim detention facility began a hunger strike on Saturday June 22, according to the Hotline for Migrant Workers and Physicians for Human Rights. A day later, detainees in Block 4 began returning their meals as well. Nearly 2,000 African asylum seekers are being held in Israeli prison facilities under the Anti-Infiltration Law, passed last…Read More... | 6 Comments
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