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Israel can now deport African asylum seekers without their consent

Date: 25.10.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
Israel will now be able to deport asylum-seekers, even if they do not give their consent. The new policy comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made changes to the agreement Israel had signed with Rwanda.

High court: state cannot detain migrants indefinitely

Date: 28.8.17 Source: The Jerusalem Post, Yonah Jeremy Bob

Bringing the battle between the government and the courts to a boiling point once more, the High Court of Justice has struck down a key aspect of the state’s African migrant policy as unconstitutional.

Israel’s ultimatum to refugees: Indefinite detention or danger

Date: 18.11.15 Source: +972
An Israeli court upholds the government’s policy of indefinitely imprisoning African asylum if they don’t agree to ‘voluntary deportation’ to third countries with no legal status. The xenophobia driving Israel’s policy is top-down, but there is another way. By Anat Ovadia-Rosner

In Tel Aviv, Holot, reactions mixed on fateful High Court decision on migrants

Date: 13.8.15 Source: The Jerusalem Post
“They now understand that they can stay here and I don’t see any of them deciding to leave on their own now,” Tel Aviv city councilman says. By BEN HARTMAN

High court upholds constitutionality of ‘anti-infiltration law’

Date: 11.8.15 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Court rules that the Knesset must come up with revisions to the bill within 6 months, and temporarily limits the length of detention at Holot to 12 months. By BEN HARTMAN

After harrowing journey, Sudanese asylum seeker freed from Israeli detention center

Date: 24.2.15 Source: Ilan Lior, Haaretz
Sadiq al-Sadiq agreed to leave Israel for Ethiopia only to find himself facing deportation to Sudan; he was then forced to return to Israel, where he has been jailed for nine months.


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