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Military and Security Forces: 18 April, 2011

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According to reports from the “Physicians for Human Rights” organization and the Hotline for Migrant Workers, IDF soldiers denied entrance to forty asylum seekers from Eritrea, excepting two women. Most of the group has been in the desert since last week, without food, water, or shelter.

The State has claimed in Supreme Court hearings that it doesn’t turn away women, and also that since the beginning of March, it doesn’t perform “hot return” (also known as “coordinated immediate return procedure”), in which IDF soldiers and Border Police are authorized to return asylum seekers to Egypt.


Closed Society: 21 November, 2010

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The Ministry of the Interior announced that as of 2011, asylum seekers will be forbidden to work in Israel. To date, most asylum seekers did not receive work permits, but the authorities refrained from enforcing this, due to their special status. In an appeal filed by the Refugees’ Rights Clinic and the Foreign Laborers’ Aid Hotline, the Ministry of the Interior guaranteed that no fines would be levied on employers of asylum seekers while the appeal is being heard. The State also promised to give a 30-day notice before starting to levy fines on employers. (Hebrew)