Maya Paley


For Africans in Israel, Time for Justice

By Maya Paley

For Africans in Israel, Time for Justice
Israel’s High Court of Justice struck down Israel’s practice of indefinitely detaining many non-Jewish African asylum seekers without due process in September. The unanimous court ruled that this detention policy violated Israel’s Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty and ordered the government to assess the individual cases of the 1,750 detained asylum seekers for release by December 15.Read More


10-Hour Detention Teaches Lesson About Israel

By Maya Paley

10-Hour Detention Teaches Lesson About Israel
Last weekend, I was detained for 10 hours and then deported back to the U.S. after flying to Panama for a weeklong vacation. I’m starting to get over the sheer frustration about the experience, which was caused by a Panamanian rule that visitors must have at least three months on their passports to gain entry to the country. In truth, it was my fault for not knowing the rules of the country I hoped to visit.Read More


Israel’s African Problem and Us

By Maya Paley

Israel’s African Problem and Us
A new Israeli law allows undocumented immigrants, mostly African asylum seekers, to be detained indefinitely. Diaspora Jews must not turn a blind eye to this injustice.Read More


Israel's Stealth Plan To Detain 15,000 Sudanese

By Maya Paley

Israel's Stealth Plan To Detain 15,000 Sudanese
In an attempt to pressure African asylum seekers to leave Israel, Interior Minister Eli Yishai has announced that 15,000 immigrants from Sudan will be rounded up and detained if they do not “voluntarily” leave the country by October 15.Read More



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