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ASSAF Activity Report 2023

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“They Shut the Door on You” A Report about the Situation of Refugee Children and Asylum Seekers in Israel – Executive Summary


Food insecurity among refugees and asylum seekers – Position paper – January 2024

January 2024, Orly Levinson-Sela, Public Advocacy Director, ASSAF

Ukrainian Refugees in Israel: “Between One War and Another” – Status report


A one-way “shared” destiny – asylum seekers and refugees during the war in Israel


Asylum-Seekers in Israel Show Solidarity in Time of War

02.11.2023, UNHCR

ASSAF with the refugee communities – operation Iron Swords


До уваги біженців з України!

До уваги біженців з України! На жаль, сьогодні й Україна, й Ізраїль перебувають у стані війни. Ми сподіваємося, що ви всі в безпеці, що у вас є укриття поблизу дому або безпечна кімната в квартирі. Ми також молимося, щоб усі члени вашої родини, друзі та знайомі були в безпеці та щоб ніхто не постраждав. Нинішня […]


Israel Should Establish Functioning Asylum System for African Refugees and Give them Right to Work

On September 2, violence erupted between rival groups of Eritreans outside Eritrea’s embassy in Tel Aviv. On one side were Eritrean refugees who came to protest a propaganda “party” the embassy was holding to celebrate 30 years of Eritrea’s independence from Ethiopia and the rise to power of President Afwerki. On the other side were […]


Israeli Government Approves Budget Cuts to Fund Healthcare for Ukrainian Refugees Until End of 2023

29.08.2023, Haaretz

How Israel Turned Its Back on a Refugee From Ukraine When She Was Diagnosed With Cancer

16.08.2023, Haaretz

Israel Is Failing Ukrainian Refugees

13.08.2023, Haaretz

Israel’s Suspension of Medical Coverage for Ukrainian Refugees Hurts the Most Vulnerable

10.08.2023, Haaretz

The Refugee Rights Forum – an Urgent call regading health services for Ukrainian Refugees in Israel


Israel does not fulfill its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when Refugees and Asylum Seekers with Disabilities are concerned – Status Report – August 2023

August 2023, Orly Levinson-Sela, Public Advocacy Director, ASSAF

Supplementary Alternative Report: Reference to State Party Replies to the List of Issues & Updates Submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – 2023


The Forum of Refugee Rights Organizations in Israel – June 2023 report


Asylum Seekers’ Health Insurance Program at Risk as Israeli Providers Back Out

17.06.2023, Haaretz

Foreign Minister Considers Plan for Asylum Seekers to Leave Israel in Return for Professional Training

The Israeli Foreign Ministry is considering a new plan that would provide professional training courses to Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers in exchange for their agreement to leave the country willingly. The training, which will take place in Israel, will be for high demand professions in countries in need of foreign workers such as Canada. […]

12.06.2023, Haaretz

Education Ministry Tries to Create Program to Prepare Asylum Seekers’ Children for Life Abroad, Not Israel

The Israeli Education Ministry is promoting a separate curriculum for the children of asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv aimed at preparing them for life abroad. A similar program promoted by the right-wing Israeli Immigration Policy Center in collaboration with the Education Ministry is said to be aimed at reducing the children’s affinity for Israel. […]

08.06.2023, Haaretz

ASSAF Activity Report 2022


A Year Into The War In Ukraine


A year on, Ukrainian refugees in Israel getting ‘inadequate’ aid — rights group

20.02.2023, TImes Of Israel

A year on, Ukrainian refugees in Israel getting ‘inadequate’ aid — rights group

20.02.2023, TImes of israel

One year into the war, Israel is still withholding adequate health and welfare services from Ukrainian refugees – Position paper on the situation of Ukrainian refugees after one year in Israel

February 2023, Orly Levinson-Sela, Public Advocacy Director, ASSAF

Israel Hampering Ukrainians From Leading a Dignified Life, UN Envoy for Refugees in Israel Tells Haaretz

19.02.2023, Haaretz



Harming Refugees Endangers Democracy and Harming Democracy Endangers Refugees

January 2023, Dr. Shani Bar-Tuvia, Refugee Rights Forum

Refugees from Africa: Situation Report 2022


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“Israel is not a refugee accepting country”: NGO briefing on asylum seekers


“We know how to act even when the political situation is hostile and make a change for the better”



November 2022

Female Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Israel – Vulnerable to Exploitation, Harm, Solicitation for Prostitution and Human Trafficking

September 2022

The Minister of Interior, Ayelet Shaked, has announced a new policy that bans the employment of asylum seekers


Electric bicycle and scooter theory test for holders of “2A5” visa


“They tell a person to leave, but he has nowhere to go”: The ban on employment of asylum seekers in 17 cities


Asylum Seekers from Africa: Situation Report June 2022


Being the Child of Asylum Seekers in Israel ‘Hurts Every Day’

10.07.2022, Haaretz

Israel decided to limit refugee employment. Why should we care? – opinion

06.07.2022, The Jerusalem Post

Israel Bars Asylum Seekers From Most Jobs in Major Cities

30.06.2022, Haaretz

Israel’s Policy on Asylum Seekers Is ‘Unsustainable’, UN Representative Charges

19.06.2022, Haaretz

Israel Lifted Protections for Congolese Asylum Seekers Without Consulting Foreign Ministry

24.05.2022, Haaretz

Court Blocks Lifting of Israel’s Deportation Ban on Congolese Asylum Seekers

10.05.2022, Haaretz

Most Aid Requests by Ukrainian Refugees in Israel Are for Food, but Funding Relies on Civil Society

17.04.2022, Haaretz

Israeli Minister Lifts Blanket Ban on Expelling Congolese Asylum Seekers

07.04.2022, Haaretz

While Israel Plans to Offer Medical Coverage for Elderly Ukrainians, Asylum Seekers Still Need to Wait

03.04.2022, Haaretz

The Refugee Rights Forum in Israel join the public outcry calling for a change in policy concerning refugees from Ukraine


Denied asylum in Israel, Eritreans are welcomed by Canadian Jews

21.01.2022, Christian Science Monitor

‘Breaking the ghettos’: The struggle to desegregate Tel Aviv’s schools

16.01.2022, +972 Mag

Israel Rejected 98.5 Percent of Eritrean Asylum Requests Over Two Years

05.01.2022, Haaretz

Education Ministry Comes Out Against Mixing Refugee and Israeli Kids in Schools

19.12.2021, Haaretz

Israel Approves Millions for Day Care for Asylum Seekers’ Children

12.12.2021, Haaretz

Law Letting Israel Impose Restrictions on Asylum Seekers Expires, in Win for Left-wing Ministers

08.12.2021, Haaretz

Israel Likely to Delay Court Order to Grant Temporary Residency to 2,440 Sudanese Asylum Seekers

07.12.2021, Haaretz

‘Now I feed my children every night’: asylum seekers in Tel Aviv turning to food bank

07.11.2021, The National News

Israel to Reconsider Refused Tigrayan Asylum Pleas

07.11.2021, Haaretz

Interior Minister Pushes for Separation of Asylum Seekers’ Children From Israelis in Tel Aviv Schools

31.10.2021, Haaretz

No status, no future: The life of a child asylum seeker in Israel

27.10.2021, Al Jazeera

Israeli Health Ministry’s Bureaucratic Errors Stymie Asylum Seekers’ Bid for Green Pass

19.10.2021, Haaretz

Editorial | In Denying Healthcare to Asylum Seekers, Shaked Hits a New Low

17.10.2021, Haaretz

State Can Bar Asylum Seekers From Working in Some Cities, Israel’s Top Court Rules

01.10.2021, Haaretz

Opinion | Israel’s Interior Minister Knows She Can’t Deport the Asylum Seekers

09.07.2021, Haaretz

Israel downgraded in State Department human trafficking report

02.07.2021, The Times of Israel

Israel Was Asked to Reexamine 3,000 Asylum Requests This Year. It Granted One

21.06.2021, Haaretz

Israeli Ministry Refuses to Help Asylum Seekers Retrieve Money Stolen by Employers

25.10.2020, Haaretz

Israel’s High Court Blasts Law Requiring Asylum Seekers to Deposit 20% of Wages

08.05.2019, Haaretz