“We fear that a mass expulsion could cause incalculable damage to the moral standing of Israel and of Jews around the world.”
Deportations of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers to a third African country will be suspended for at least two weeks.
“These youngsters have grown up in [Israel], speak fluent Hebrew, are imbued with Israeli culture, and are loyal to the State of Israel.”
“Israel is a beacon of democracy and good governance…Given such a discouraging state of affairs, we seek to mitigate a potential humanitarian crisis.”
William Mehrvarz fled Iran in September 2016, leaving behind family, cats and hostile in-laws to live as an observant Jew
Protesters carried signs reading “No to deportation,” “We’re all humans” and “Refugees and residents refuse to be enemies.”
Teklit Michael, who has worked odd jobs since arriving in Israel in 2007, called it “complete nonsense” to call African asylum-seekers “infiltrators.”
Around 20,000 men, many of whom are applying for refugee status, are being threatened with indefinite incarceration if they do not leave.
Soros has been the subject of conspiracy theories that many consider anti-Semitic in his native Hungary as well as the United States.
He also compared African refugees in Israel to the “Dreamers” in the United States.