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WATCH: Confronting an Israeli minister for flouting int'l law

Sadiq al-Sadiq was returned to Israel earlier this month after finding himself being sent — against his will — back to Sudan, from where he fled persecution and genocide. Sadiq is just one of hundreds or thousands of Sudanese who have been pressured to leave Israel. Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who is responsible for the asylum seeker population in Israel, has made it clear that he intends to empty the country of African asylum seekers. “If we treat this [problem] like liberals, we’ll lose the country,” he has said in the past. Earlier this month, one Israeli activist confronted Sa’ar outside his home.

By Lia Tarachansky/The Real News

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian filmmaker and journalist with the The Real News Network.

Related:
Sudanese asylum seeker returns to Israel following ‘deportation’

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    1. Adam dayton

      Yawn. As per the convention (which its clear she hasn’t read), punative measures can be taken against those passing into a country from a country under which they are not under an article 1 threat. The infiltrators entered through Egypt. They were not under an Article 1 threat there. Therefore, Israel can most certainly deport them.

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      • Jonny

        Yes, Israel can deport him back to Egypt (assuming that he would be safe from persecution there) but not Sudan. 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees Article 33 (1).

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        • Adam Dayton

          And Israel did not send him to Sudan. A third party did and there is no evidence that this third party was acting under Israel’s orders.

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    2. Rab

      “Flouting int’l law…”

      Please.

      By the way, shouldn’t the filmmaker be in Italy and Spain right now? I hear those countries, much bigger than Israel, with much larger populations and no concerns about hostile neighbors, are being a tad unwelcoming to the African migrants at their doorstep. Shouldn’t Lia be where the action is?

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