Ilan Lior (Haaretz)


Israel Offers $5K to African Immigrants To Voluntarily Leave Country

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Israel Offers $5K to African Immigrants To Voluntarily Leave Country
The Israeli government plans to offer $5,000 to any African migrant who agrees to leave the country voluntarily and promises not to return. This is more than triple the $1,500 it has offered departing migrants until now.Read More


Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Rally Draws 30,000 Israelis

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Rally Draws 30,000 Israelis
Twenty thousand people gathered Saturday night for a rally marking 18 years to the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, according to police estimates.Read More


Israel Scrambles as Court Axes Law Aimed at African Immigrants

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Israel Scrambles as Court Axes Law Aimed at African Immigrants
The High Court of Justice’s decision Monday to overturn a year-old law allowing African migrants to be held without trial for up to three years caught Israeli officials by surprise. Government ministries that will be affected by the ruling began studying the decision immediately, and will continue to examine its implications for a number of days.Read More


Israel Plays Dial-a-Nation To Oust African Refugees

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Israel Plays Dial-a-Nation To Oust African Refugees
The Interior Ministry is challenging asylum claims by Eritreans who, it says, are Ethiopian and thus eligible for deportation. A Central District Court judge has ruled in favor of the state in 18 out of 19 petitions against the ministry’s classification.Read More


Israel Plans To Deport '100%' of Eritrea Immigrants

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Israel Plans To Deport '100%' of Eritrea Immigrants
Israel has reached an agreement with an unspecified state willing to absorb illegal Eritrean migrants, and is in advanced talks with two other states seeking to reach similar agreements regarding the deportation of illegal Sudanese migrants.Read More






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