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Arrest & Detention

Israel's AG okays detaining migrants for minor crimes - even without evidence

Date: 4.7.13 Source: HAARETZ
New procedure designed to fight 'harm to public order in areas of Israel that are exposed to a daily level of crimes;' activists decry 'abandonment of the rule of law in Israel.' By Ilan Lior

Israel Prison Service tries to break Eritreans' hunger strike

Date: 30.6.13 Source: HAARETZ
Nearly 350 Eritrean migrants being held at the Saharonim detention center were transferred to other wings or other prisons. By Yaniv Kubovich

African detainees send back meals to protest detention

Date: 27.6.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Some 300 migrants protest imprisonment at Saharonim facility; Israel Prison Service: Protest not yet considered hunger strike. By BEN HARTMAN

Position Paper on Disabled Asylum Seekers

Date: 14.6.13 Source: ASSAF

This document presents a study of asylum-seekers with physical disabilities and those suffering from psychiatric disorders, on the basis of Assaf's accumulated experience. 

Over 300 detained African migrants stage peaceful protest

Date: 5.5.13 Source: HAARETZ
The migrants barricaded themselves in the detention center yard but were returned to their cells by a special prison service force. By Ilan Lior

Supreme Court: African workers' punishments should not be more severe than Israelis'

Date: 2.5.13 Source: HAARETZ
Justice Yoram Danziger criticized the District Court for terming immigrants' crimes as a 'national plague,' saying 'dual punishment standard is unacceptable' By Revital Hovel

Judge orders release of Eritrean woman, her 2 kids from jail

Date: 1.5.13 Source: Ynet,
Beersheba District Court explains decision to release 2 girls together with mother from Saharonim Prison, saying: ‘Children are a special humanitarian issue.’ Hotline for Migrant Workers: ‘Decision will effect lives of dozens of infants, children’. By Omri Efraim

Israel`s Policy towards Asylum Seekers is Damaging to them and to Us

Date: 1.3.13 Source: ASSAF

Summary of Israeli policy against asylum-seekers, revealing the heavy economic and social cost we are all paying. Position paper of Assaf, Amnesty International and the Hotline for Migrant Workers (Hebrew)

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