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Israel admits asylum bid filed by Africans still pending, despite vowing 'swift' review

Date: 29.5.13 Source: HAARETZ
Despite having failed to carry out detailed checks, Israel also says most migrants are here for economic reasons and are not refugees, while lawyer contends that they include 'torture victims and children in administrative detention under harsh conditions.' By Ilan Lior

Rule of Law: Israel’s legal headache

Date: 23.5.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Does throwing African migrants in detention centers for three years without standard legal proceedings violate international law? Or is it just enforcement of Israel’s sovereign right to maintain border security?. By YONAH JEREMY BOB

No asylum, no status

Date: 20.5.13 Source: HAARETZ
There is one bureaucrat for every citizen in Israel, but in too many cases applicants don’t get the treatment they deserve. At the Interior Ministry ... it’s systematic. It’s no to asylum on humanitarian grounds, no to resident status on humanitarian grounds. By Rachel Neeman

Escape From An Eritrean Prison

Date: 19.5.13 Source: NPR
A video interview with Kidanne Issac, an Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel

Municipal authorities raid and shutter asylum seekers' businesses in Tel Aviv

Date: 13.5.13 Source: 972MAGAZINE
Dozens of Tel Aviv municipal officers, border policemen and private movers raided several businesses run by African asylum seekers around Tel Aviv’s central bus station, confiscating goods and welding the doors shut. Officials also poured bleach into food in a Darfur refugee’s restaurant. Is city hall preparing for the upcoming municipal elections?. By Haggai Matar

Over 300 detained African migrants stage peaceful protest

Date: 5.5.13 Source: HAARETZ
The migrants barricaded themselves in the detention center yard but were returned to their cells by a special prison service force. By Ilan Lior

Supreme Court: African workers' punishments should not be more severe than Israelis'

Date: 2.5.13 Source: HAARETZ
Justice Yoram Danziger criticized the District Court for terming immigrants' crimes as a 'national plague,' saying 'dual punishment standard is unacceptable' By Revital Hovel

Judge orders release of Eritrean woman, her 2 kids from jail

Date: 1.5.13 Source: Ynet,
Beersheba District Court explains decision to release 2 girls together with mother from Saharonim Prison, saying: ‘Children are a special humanitarian issue.’ Hotline for Migrant Workers: ‘Decision will effect lives of dozens of infants, children’. By Omri Efraim

Bill cleared to prevent migrants in Israel from transferring money abroad

Date: 22.4.13 Source: HAARETZ
The legislation, brought forth by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar as a means of dealing with 'infiltrators,' receives preliminary approval from a ministerial committee. By Jonathan Lis and Ilan Lior

5 Israelis arrested for attacking Africans in TA

Date: 10.4.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Police say in two cases, victims were actually Ethiopian Jews, including one who was robbed and was hospitalized after attack. By Ben Hartman


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