Archive for the ‘Sudan’ tag
Minister of Interior, Eli Yishai (Shas), admits that more than 2,000 North Sudanese were returned to their country “voluntarily” when faced with the choice of a prolonged detention, in violation of the UN’s position that such a return is forbidden since Sudan threatens to punish citizens who were in Israel. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
Mahmoud Ahmed Musa, a refugee from Sudan, was attacked by residents of Eilat and stabbed in his shoulder and arms.
(Hebrew - MyNet)
A family from Sudan was wrongfully detained prior to deportation in recent days by inspectors of the Population and Immigration Authority and placed in the Saharonim Detention Facility. Only following an appeal to Minister of Interior Eli Yishai by social activists via Facebook was the family released.
(Hebrew - Ynet)
An asylum seeker from Sudan was badly hurt in a fight in south Tel Aviv.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Israel should release petty criminals to free up jail space for 50,000 illegal “infiltrators.” He added that it is impossible to deport citizens of North Sudan and Eritrea. “At the moment, there are more than 50,000 people whom I cannot deport,” he said. “The security of Israeli citizens is really undermined as a result of these infiltrators and their behavior here, so I proposed clearing out the prisons.”
Four molotov cocktails were thrown in the early morning toward the homes of refugees from Eritrea and Sudan and toward a refugee kindergarten in the Shapira neighborhood of southern Tel Aviv. No one was injured in the incidents and the buildings were lightly damaged.
The Ministry of Interior has instructed local councils not to employ foreigners, including refugees and asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, unless they have valid work and residency permits. This instruction is in violation of the state’s announcement to the High Court for Justice a year ago, following a petition filed by human rights organizations, that it would not enforce the prohibition against hiring unauthorized immigrants until a detention facility in the Negev starts operating, and that in any case it would notify the petitioners a month in advance of commencement of such enforcement.
140 Sudanese asylum seekers were flown back to their homeland last night. Some people who boarded the flight are from Darfur, in contrast to what the Christian Embassy said, that only people of South Sudan were there. A few people received a comprehensive briefing on how to act upon landing, for fear for their lives. According to Dr. Jeremy Gudovitch, a volunteer with asylum seekers, there is a significant concern for the life of at least one of the asylum seekers who returned to Sudan last night.
100 Sudanese asylum seekers, approximately a third of them children, will be deported from Israel tonight (Tuesday) to a third country, from which they will return to Sudan. The Ministry of Interior defined the deportation as “voluntary”.
A protest conference was held yesterday in the South of Tel Aviv, with approximately 100 local residents, rabbis, and politicians. Shlomo Massalawi (Likud) said that “the infiltrators’ desire to return to their own country proves that the stories about anyone returning to Sudan being killed are fairytales made up by the New Israel Fund organizations.” Additionally, members of the Kipa Achat forum, which unites several Jewish organizations, has declared that it will start promoting religious settlement in the south of the city, in order to “bring back a Jewish character to the south of Tel Aviv.” (Hebrew)