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Fighting Detention

In 2011, after years of avoiding the need to commit to a clear policy, the Israeli government decided to act decisively against asylum seekers in the country.

PHOTO ESSAY: A sprawling desert prison, for thousands of refugees

Date: 3.11.12 Source: 972MAGAZINE
The trip was organized by ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, with the participation of Physicians for Human Rights, the Hotline for Migrant Workers and Amnesty International. Aid workers and reporters are not allowed into the prisons, so we were only able to enter the construction site of the Sadot facility, which is still under the jurisdiction of the local regional council. We observed the three other facilities from the outside.By Noam Sheizaf

NGOs reject Israeli asylum policy to migrants

Date: 28.10.12 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Interior Minister Eli Yishai pens letter to PM urging mass arrests of Sudanese migrants, populating Negev detention facilities. By BEN HARTMAN

TA: Eritreans protest Negev detention facility

Date: 18.10.12 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Rallying under slogan “Israel, don’t put us in prison, again”, migrants protest facility meant to house thousands of Africans. By BEN HARTMAN

Eritrean asylum seeker details recent hunger strike, fear of indefinite incarceration

Date: 18.10.12 Source: Megafon
Some 500 asylum seekers held in a prison in the desert recently refused food in protest of a new law that enables Israel to keep them in detention indefinitely. By Sharon Livne

NGOs petition to stop Yishai from jailing migrants

Date: 4.10.12 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Rights groups say many of those who would be detained under Yishai plan are survivors of genocide, other atrocities. By YONAH JEREMY BOB

'Israel trying to render migrants invisible'

Date: 11.5.12 Source: Ynet,
The ASSAF group, Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, said that they intend to take preventive measures, as they joined forces with the Migrant Workers Hotline and Amnesty International, and toured the existing and planned detention facilities. By Shiri Hadar

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