The cancellation on Tuesday afternoon came a day after the agreement was first announced.
In the days since an Eritrean migrant was shot to death by an Israeli security guard and then beaten by a mob at Beersheba’s central bus station, a fellow migrant named Awat Ashever has insisted to other Eritreans that the killing was just a terrible mistake.
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai has asked the country’s prime minister and justice minister to order the detention of migrants from Sudan.
Israel’s interior minister trumpeted a plan to detain 15,000 Sudanese asylum seekers. But it seems he failed to get approval from the government for the mass round-up.
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.
Israel is building prison camps to detain some 15,000 immigrants from Sudan who are seeking asylum. Many of them are refugees from the horrific conflict in Darfur.
Some 300 Sudanese protested on Sunday outside Tel Aviv’s Kirya government headquarters against plans to imprison African asylum-seekers in a Negev detention facility.
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.
Israel Police barred on Thursday members of an Israeli physicians’ NGO from providing aid to African migrants who have been trapped between the fences on the Israeli-Egyptian border.
American Jewish groups are unhappy with Israel’s crackdown on illegal African immigrants. Images of South Sudanese being deported may only worsen the conflict.