Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel


Israel to trade arms for migrants with African countries

Date: 9.7.13 Source: Ynet
Senior official says deal nearly sealed with African countries to take tens of thousands of migrants in exchange for arms, military training, knowledge. By Itamar Eichner

Breaking the silence about Israel's refugees

Date: 5.7.13 Source: HAARETZ
By Alex Oke, a volunteer of ASSAF. When I tell Israelis I am volunteering with African refugees, they often react with polite disinterest; they'd really rather not talk about it. But if the refugees are not our problem, whose are they?

Israel's AG okays detaining migrants for minor crimes - even without evidence

Date: 4.7.13 Source: HAARETZ
New procedure designed to fight 'harm to public order in areas of Israel that are exposed to a daily level of crimes;' activists decry 'abandonment of the rule of law in Israel.' By Ilan Lior

There will be no refugees in Israel: Asylum seekers to be deported to unnamed African country

Date: 1.7.13 Source: MondoWeiss
Imagine a persecuted minority on a boat, turned away harbor after harbor. Imagine this boat is then found at sea by an Israeli ship that welcomes everyone aboard, and gives them food and water. Miraculously a head of state then intervenes and gives the lot automatic asylum. By Allison Deger

Israel Prison Service tries to break Eritreans' hunger strike

Date: 30.6.13 Source: HAARETZ
Nearly 350 Eritrean migrants being held at the Saharonim detention center were transferred to other wings or other prisons. By Yaniv Kubovich

African detainees send back meals to protest detention

Date: 27.6.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Some 300 migrants protest imprisonment at Saharonim facility; Israel Prison Service: Protest not yet considered hunger strike. By BEN HARTMAN

Asylum Seekers Struggle to Survive Under Israeli Restrictions

Date: 24.6.13 Source: IPS
“[A refugee] doesn’t have family here. He doesn’t have community support. He doesn’t have any money from the government. He has nothing. So he’s ready to work 15 hours a day,” explained Orit Marom, advocacy coordinator at the Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum-seekers in Israel (ASSAF). By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours

PHOTOS: Tel Aviv marks World Refugee Day with music, theater

Date: 24.6.13 Source: 972MAGAZINE
Since 2001, June 20th is celebrated globally as World Refugee Day. In Israel, there are 55,000 asylum seekers, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan, two of the main source countries for refugees worldwide, a new UN report shows. Text by: Yotam Gidron

World Refugee Day marked almost a year after first S. Sudan deportation from Tel Aviv

Date: 20.6.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post
When Orit Marom of the refugee aid organization ASSAF visited the Reece family in Gambela, Ethiopia, during Passover in April, it took her back to the fall of 2008, when she first met the family taking shelter in a south Tel Aviv church. By BEN HARTMAN

Unpromised Land

Date: 20.6.13 Source: PBS
60,000 African migrants sought refuge in Israel. Many found hostility, resentment and a one-way ticket to prison. They are Israel's new unwanted. BY. P.J. TOBIA


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