Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

ASSAF's Vision

“But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself” (Leviticus 19: 34)

ASSAF is an Israeli NGO supported by donations from private individuals and charity funds, as well as dozens of volunteers who believe that we must embrace the refugees knocking on our doors. We want to see an Israel that treats with justice and respect those people who had to run away from their country in fear for their lives.

Our flagship activity is psychosocial aid for the most vulnerable groups among asylum seekers: minors, survivors of torture, the chronically ill, people with disabilities, single parent families, and women suffering from domestic abuse. We manage a range of projects to support, empower, and make services accessible to the people who seek our help. Read more

We present an alternative to the harsh policy that aims to break the spirit of asylum seekers: we demand that every asylum request will be examined according to international standards within a reasonable period of time. As long as a person cannot return to their homeland due to the danger posed to them there, they and their family should be granted basic rights, such as a work permit, access to health and welfare services, eligibility for equal education and fair treatment by the authorities.

We stand in opposition to racism, incitement and discrimination against refugees. The government policy that directed asylum seekers to south Tel Aviv puts incredible strain on the local residents and infrastructure. Allowing asylum seekers to access services and aid, as well as employment and accommodation everywhere in Israel will enable them to move elsewhere and thus alleviate pressure on these vulnerable neighbourhoods. Read more

If you also believe that Israeli society must support refugees, if you want to stand against racism and incitement, if you care about the moral character of the country, we invite to join us and support ASSAF.