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  • Court prohibits detention of Sudanese refugees days before mass arrests begin

    A Jerusalem court issued a temporary injunction on Thursday, prohibiting the detention of Sudanese refugees. The group was slated for arrest and forced transfer to a prison camp in the Negev desert beginning on October 15. The court's move comes in response to an October 3 petition, filed by the Clinic for Migrants’ Rights at the Academic Center of Law and Business, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the Hotline for Migrant Workers, ASSAF Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, the African Refugee Development Center (ADRC), and Kav La’Oved, as well six African asylum seekers. The petition was filed against Interior…

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  • South Sudanese get last-minute reprieve from deportation

    On Thursday, a Jerusalem District Court judge issued a temporary injunction preventing the Ministry of Interior from revoking the group protection of South Sudanese. The move effectively delays the deportation of South Sudanese refugees, which was set to begin today. Families, including Israeli-born children, are among those facing deportation to South Sudan. Human rights organizations say thousands of South Sudanese face expulsion; the number cited at a recent protest against the deportation was 700. The judge, Yigal Marzel, issued the order in response to a petition filed by the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel (ASSAF), the African Refugee…

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  • Amendment on African refugees would worsen a humanitarian crisis

    “Love ye therefore the sojourner; for ye were sojourners in the land of Egypt” Deuteronomy 10:19. By Issa Edward Boursheh A new bill to be discussed in the Knesset Interior Committee on Monday would severely amend one of Israel’s main immigration laws, called the “Prevention of Infiltration Law.”  The law, aimed at African asylum seekers crossing the Egyptian border, would result in the immediate three-year imprisonment of illegal “infiltrators” who enter Israel, including children, and any Israeli who provides humanitarian aid or assistance to “infiltrators” would risk up to five years' imprisonment. In 2008, the Australian government announced it was ending…

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