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A dirty policy

Date: 27.12.20 Source: Haaretz, editorial

Israel continues to sink to new lows in its attitude toward the weaker members of society. Every time it seems that it can go no lower, the state finds a new nadir of despicability.

Asylum Seekers Cleaning Tel Aviv's Streets to Be Fired for Israelis Who Don't Even Want the Job

Date: 25.12.20 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

For nine years, Debasi Habtu, a 42-year-old asylum seeker, has been going out every day to clean the streets of central Tel Aviv. He gets up before sunrise, glances at his sleeping children – aged six months, six years and 10 years – dons his yellow vest and bikes to Lincoln Street.

Update: Asylum seekers in Israel left destitute during Covid 19 crisis (October 2020)

Date: 11.11.20 Source: ASSAF; The Refugees Rights Forum

Asylum seekers have been severely affected by the state of emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic outburst. Six months into the crisis, the asylum seekers community’s situation is deteriorating and urgent response is necessary to prevent a humanitarian crisis.

Israel Fails to Investigate Employers Who Stole Money From Over 1,000 Asylum Seekers

Date: 9.8.20 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

Akbarat, an asylum seeker from Eritrea, worked as an office cleaner in Bnei Brak for 9 months. She was employed by Eldan, a company providing cleaning and maintenance services. She cleaned offices six days a week, working long hours: from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sundays to Thursdays, and from 7 A.M.

Portrait of a crisis: Asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv facing coronavirus

Date: 30.4.20 Source: +972 Mag, Oren Ziv

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in Israel, the plight of African asylum seekers, who are not entitled to assistance from the Israeli government, has been amplified.

As coronavirus spreads, asylum seekers in Israel are on the brink of catastrophe

Date: 18.3.20 Source: +972 Mag, Oren Ziv

Asylum seekers in Israel are “on the brink of catastrophe” according to community members and activists, as the number of infections from the novel coronavirus in the country continues to climb.

Coding Boot Camp Opens Door to Israeli Tech for African Asylum Seekers

Date: 5.8.19 Source: Haaretz, Refaella Goichman

“They took a few of us on a bus to Tel Aviv and dropped us off at the central bus station. I was 18 and a half and didn’t know what to do. I got to Jaffa and linked up with people who could help me.

The struggle against the Deposit Law

The Deposit Law came into force in May 2017, and was enacted in order to apply a rigid mechanism of economic pressure on asylum seekers, that will force them to leave Israel. According to the law, employers of asylum seekers are required to deduct 20% of their employees’ basic salary and deposit the money in a special account, in addition to a sum of 16%, deducted from the employers. Asylum seekers will only have access to the funds deposited in this account upon their departure from Israel.

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