Israel’s parliament is trying again to keep thousands of undocumented immigrants behind bars. The high court has twice struck down similar laws.
African immigrants in Israel are cheering the High Court’s order to close a much-reviled detention center. But asylum seekers still worry about their precarious future in the Jewish state.
The Statue of Liberty was named after the Roman goddess ‘Libertas’ and her father was a Freemason. But Jewish immigrants have always seen her as a member of the Tribe.
African immigrants and the Bedouin in Israel are fighting their own freedom struggles. Is it time to bring back the ‘fourth matzo’ at the Seder table to honor their fight?
Molly Antopol’s debut novel, ‘The UnAmericans,’ is all about the disappointments of idealism. But it’s not a downer — it joyously heralds the arrival of a gifted writer.
African immigrants usually live in the shadows of Israeli society. Now they are rising up to mount a potent challenge to detention and deportation threats.
The government has portrayed African immigrants as a demographic threat to the Jewish state. They portray themselves as refugees from brutal dictatorships, seeking better lives.
Israel flew 14 Eritreans back to their home country on Sunday, human rights organizations say. According to reports, 14 Eritrean nationals who had been held at the Saharonim detention facility in southern Israel were flown to Eritrea via Turkey after signing consent forms. One man changed his mind after signing the documents and remained in custody at Saharonim.
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.
Israel refuses to examine people who claim refugee status on a case-by-case basis. By Israel’s preferred definition, asylum seekers are ‘infiltrators.’ So much for being gracious to the stranger.