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Knesset okays detention of migrants without trial

Date: 10.12.13 Source: Haaretz, Jonathan Lis
MK Eli Yishai says during tumultuous plenum session that detaining African asylum seekers for one year is not enough: 'We need hot pursuit.'

Moral, economic and legal responsibilities of the Jewish state?

Date: 3.12.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post, Caylee Talpert
While we can’t fix the situation in their home countries, we can focus our energies on treating those already in Israel with the dignity that they deserve and that international law and our own Jewish tradition demands.

For Africans in Israel, Time for Justice

Date: 26.11.13 Source: Forward, Maya Paley
Israel’s High Court of Justice struck down Israel’s practice of indefinitely detaining many non-Jewish African asylum seekers without due process in September. The unanimous court ruled that this detention policy violated Israel’s Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty and ordered the government to assess the individual cases of the 1,750 detained asylum seekers for release by December 15.

Asylum seekers fear worse to come in Israel

Date: 23.11.13 Source: Aljazeera, Jillian Kestler-D'Amours
According to Orit Marom, advocacy coordinator at the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ASSAF) in Tel Aviv, the government must improve the living conditions of the tens of thousands of asylum seekers already in Israel, rather than criminalise them.

Ministers move to detain migrants for a year without trial

Date: 17.11.13 Source: The Times of Israel, Stuart Winer
The cabinet on Sunday approved an amendment to a controversial bill that would allow the detention of migrants who have entered Israel illegally for up to a year without trial in closed-door detention centers, and for a much longer period in other, more open, facilities.

African Migrants Find An Uneasy Asylum In Israel

Date: 16.11.13 Source: WBUR, Emily Harris

The scissors never seem to stop in Sami's barber shop off a pedestrian street in south Tel Aviv.

The Country That's Never Had an Election

Date: 6.11.13 Source: Foreign Policy, by Tiffany Lynch
Eritrea, a country of roughly 6 million people on the Horn of Africa, is one of the world's most repressive states. There is no freedom of speech, press, or religion. Not a single election has been held since the country achieved independence two decades ago after a 30-year war with Ethiopia. Prolonged detention and torture are routine for any dissenters. And adults are forcibly conscripted mandatory military or national service that can last as long as the government decides.

Released asylum seekers banned from working in TA, Eilat

Date: 3.11.13 Source: Omri Efraim, Ynetnews.com
Employers who hire infiltrators in Tel Aviv, Eilat to face penalties, Ynet learns; critics say government avoiding true issue of planning for asylum seekers residence, employment

Israel approved just 4 refugee requests out of 2,593 in 2013

Date: 15.10.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post
PIBA presents figures to Knesset Committee for foreign workers; report shows approval of 540 out of 1,133 "humanitarian" requests since 2009. By BEN HARTMAN

Government looks to limit migrant incarceration period to 1.5 years

Date: 15.10.13 Source: Ynet
After High Court invalidates 'unconstitutional' amendment to Anti-Infiltration Law, Interior Minister Sa'ar is expected to propose limiting incarceration period for asylum seekers to year and a half. MK Shaked: Israel being taken over by labor migrants. By Omri Efraim

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