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How a Sudanese Asylum Seeker Caught the Acting Bug in Holot

Date: 17.3.18 Source: haaretz, Ofer Perlman

“Wow, wow, wow,” says Omad Shakour, putting aside the cigarette that went out a while ago. “My whole body was trembling. I was sweating like crazy. I could barely talk; my throat was completely dry.”

Israel Will Aid Victims of Sinai Torture – After Many Are Deported

Date: 5.3.18 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

Despite the fact that Israel admitted back in 2012 that it had a duty to provide a humanitarian solution for the victims of “torture camps” operated by human smugglers in Sinai, it was not until a few months ago that team began formulating a program for survivors, Haaretz has learned.

Hundreds of Asylum Seekers Go on Hunger Strike as Israel Begins Jailing Those Refusing Deportation

Date: 21.2.18 Source: haaretz, Ilan Lior

All asylum seekers at the Holot detention facility began a hunger strike on Tuesday night to protest the imprisonment earlier in the day of seven Eritreans who refused to leave Israel.

It was the first time asylum seekers have been jailed for refusing to leave.

Israel's treatment of African refugees should be an international scandal

Date: 9.1.18 Source: Current affairs,  Brianna Rennix

For the past few weeks, Israel has been popping in and out of international headlines, thanks to the fallout from Trump’s announcement that the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

Knesset members vote to worsen migrant conditions ahead of deportation

Date: 29.11.17 Source: The Jerusalem Post, Lahav Harkov

A bill to extend limitations on migrants’ employment and in other areas, until the government can enact its plan to deport them, is headed to a final vote after approval by the Knesset Interior Committee on Wednesday.

Eritreans, Sudanese worse affected by Israel's forced deportation plan

Date: 21.11.17 Source: Africanews, Abdur Rahman, Alfa Shaban

A plan by Israeli authorities to forcibly deport to third countries or jail African migrants will affect predominantly Eritrea and Sudanese migrants in the country.

Israel to pay Rwanda $5,000 for every deported asylum seeker it takes in

Date: 20.11.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
Israel will pay the Rwandan government $5,000 for every African asylum seeker it accepts from Israel, Channel 10 reported Sunday.

Israel to close migrant detention facility and deport thousands to Africa

Date: 19.11.17 Source: i24News

Israel's cabinet voted on Sunday to close the Holot migrant detention center in southern Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally despite concerns about their fate. 

Israeli ministers want asylum seekers to choose: jail or deportation

Date: 17.11.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
Two key cabinet ministers have proposed closing an open detention facility for asylum seekers within four months and giving the detainees a choice between deportation and jail.
 
“We should examine whether the residential facility at Holot is ne

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