Appeal to halt Israeli deportations of African refugees

Source: Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

Dear friends and supporters,

The Israeli Government is taking the gloves off. It has decided to deport women, children and men. The State of Israel is about to cross a red line, and we’ll do everything in our ability to prevent this. We at ASSAF organization are working at the public, parliamentary and legal domains to fight the deportation of refugees from Israel. We need you with us now in our struggle!

What is the current situation?

At the beginning of January, the Population and Immigration Authority published the procedure for deporting asylum seekers to third-party countries.  According to this procedure, refugees would receive a 60-day deportation order. If they refuse to leave for Rwanda or Uganda by the end of the 60 days, they will be incarcerated indefinitely. The State’s deportation procedure is kept secret. The agreements were never revealed to the public, and were even denied by Rwanda and Uganda! The government of Israel has made their lack of compassion clear: in order to carry out the deportation, it intends to forcibly bring refugees onto planes in handcuffs.

The government ignores asylum requests and is determined to expel refugees fleeing genocide and dictatorship, despite the many testimonies gathered about the fate of those who already left Israel through the dubious process of “voluntary departure”. People who previously agreed to leave for “safe third countries”, found themselves without the promised documents and protection and were forced to leave these countries, again. They have continued on the dangerous journey of refugees.  They have been starved, tortured and mutilated by the people of ISIS. Hundreds of them have died in the Libyan Desert or drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to make their way to Europe.

The current procedure only temporarily protects women and children. In fact, no one is safe! Women, children, and victims of torture in the Sinai can be deported. Young people who grew up here and studied with Israeli youth, but have now turned 18, are candidates for deportation.

So what can be done now?

  • Follow us on Facebook for regular updates on the situation and anti-expulsion activities.
  • Reserve a place at a special emergency conference in the Knesset on January 17, 2018 (it is important to register here!)
  • Sign the petition (in Hebrew) put out by the students initiative “Stop the Deportation”, to put pressure on the Prime Minister and other government ministers.
  • Prepare yourself! In the middle of February we will demonstrate against the deportation with all our might!
  • Take action globally! Contact your local Israeli embassy/consulate and appeal, via Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel.

Don’t stand idly by: say no to deportation of refugees!
ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

One comment

  1. As a Jew my late father got out of Austria on Kindertransport in 1938 to the UK. It is a little known fact that the UK opened what was then Northern Rhodesia to escaping Jews just before the war, but too late. This behaviour by the Netanyahu government and his disregard for legal and moral obligations disgusts me. There is a legal obligation to individually check all applicants for asylum and not simply class all as economic refugees as it is doing. The use of bribes and threat of jail for not agreeing to leave “voluntarily” is illegal and so-called consent so obtained is clearly not valid consent under any recognised legal system including under Israeli law. If you are not already doing so I would suggest a legal appeal and the associated publicity might help and prevail. The misguided policy also does huge damage to the image of Israel and so indirectly to its economy. Noone who remembers or is told of the Holocaust should do as it is doing irrespective of ANY other consideration or concern.

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