Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

position papers

Asylum Seekers in Israel Lacking Access to Welfare Services

Date: 5.5.14 Source: ASSAF
A Situation Report from ASSAF Israel 2014. At ASSAF we witness the harmful consequences of the Welfare Ministry’s policy toward asylum seekers every day. As long as there is no reaction from the official authorities we will continue to issue constant warnings about their difficult and worsening situation. Providing access to public welfare services is critical to ensuring that the basic rights of asylum seekers are protected and to their rehabilitation in a way that will benefit them and those around them in Israeli society.

Asylum Seekers with Physical Disabilities and Mental health disorder

Date: 5.5.14 Source: ASSAF
A Situation Report from ASSAF Israel 2014. The National Health Insurance Law does not apply to asylum seekers, thus denying them access to public health services (except for a special arrangement with the Me’uhedet HMO, which provides services to the children of asylum seekers and migrant workers). They receive only ad hoc emergency treatments in hospitals, basic treatment at the Health Ministry’s “Terem” clinic in Tel Aviv, and can seek care in the new “Gesher” mental-health clinic in Jaffa, or through privately purchased insurance plans. The lack of accessible, ongoing medical treatment jeopardizes the health of all asylum seekers and especially endangers asylum seekers who suffer from physical disabilities and/or psychiatric illnesses.

African Asylum Seekers Arriving in Israel via the Sinai Desert

Date: 15.12.13 Source: Refugees' Rights Forum
Refugees' Rights Forum's position paper about the african asylum seekers arriving in Israel via the Sinai dessert.

Non-Refoulement

Date: 15.12.13 Source: Refugees' Rights Forum
Refugees' Rights Forum's policy paper about the principle of non-refoulement of a person to a place in which he is expected to suffer danger to life, liberty, persecution or torture.

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. 

Detention of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Israel

Date: 15.6.08 Source: Refugees' Rights Forum
This policy document is the product of a protracted work process by ASSAF and seven other organisations involved in the subject of asylum seekers in Israel.

Non-Refoulement

Date: 1.6.08 Source: Refugees' Rights Forum
Refugees' Rights Forum's policy paper about the principle of non-refoulement of a person to a place in which he is expected to suffer danger to life, liberty, persecution or torture.

Principles for Protecting the Rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Date: 1.6.08 Source: The Refugees' Rights Forum
A document written by the Refugees' Rights Forum (in which ASSAF is a member), which presents eleven basic principles for protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

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