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African immigrants protest Israel detention
Published Tuesday 17/12/2013 (updated) 21/12/2013 20:41
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African illegal immigrant protesters are arrested by Israeli
immigration policemen near the Knesset in Jerusalem on December
17, 2013.(AFP/Menahem Kahana)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Nearly 200 African asylum seekers who entered Israel illegally demonstrated Tuesday in Jerusalem against being housed at a new open facility they walked out of two days earlier.

The men had left the Holot facility in southern Israel on Sunday night and made their way to the city on foot and by bus.

Holding banners reading "we are refugees not criminals" and "walk for freedom and humanity," they marched from the prime minister's office to the nearby parliament, accompanied by dozens of Israeli human rights activists.

The demonstrators, who would be allowed to work and have social benefits if they held refugee status, accused the government of "racism."

"Many people are suffering from the racism of the right(-wing) government of Israel," Walidin Sleiman, from Sudan, told AFP.

Sleiman added that if Israel did not want to give them rights then they should be allowed to go somewhere else.

Michal Roisin, a lawmaker from the left-wing Meretz party, said "as long as there is no place that can receive them -- they can't go back to their homelands -- we must ensure their rights."

Activist Moran Mekamel, of the "Students for Refugees" group, said each case should be examined to determine "whether they qualify as asylum seekers," adding that "the facility they've been kept in is nothing short of a prison."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told parliament Tuesday that "the infiltrators who were transferred to the special facility can be in it, or return to their countries."

Police broke up the protest outside parliament, a spokesman said, noting that "some 180 people were transferred to buses awaiting them after an illegal protest."

An AFP correspondent said police used force to disperse the demonstrators, at least two of whom needed medical care.

The sprawling detention facility only began operating on Thursday, when 484 illegal immigrants from Africa were taken there, the Israel Prisons Service said.

It is open during the day but inmates must return for a night lock-down.

Under legislation passed on December 10, illegal immigrants entering Israel can be held for up to a year without trail.

It was the latest in a series of measures aimed at cracking down on close to 60,000 illegal immigrants from Africa, whom Israel says pose a threat to the state's Jewish character.

The construction of a high-tech fence along the border with Egypt was recently completed.

The new law amends earlier legislation which allowed for immigrants to be held for up to three years without trial, but which was overturned by the Supreme Court in September.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel and other groups have already filed a petition against the new law.
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1 ) John / USA
18/12/2013 22:18
Funny how the world stood in sympathy with the Jews against encampments, the holocaust and the ill treatments from Nazis, and they were liberated, only for the Jews too to go putting people in camps. Priceless!

2 ) Outlier / USA
19/12/2013 02:30
Detained for entering a country illegally? Do not like it? Go home. Problem solved!

3 ) Flood / Ireland
19/12/2013 19:17
It's high time that Israel follows the Saudi Arabia model in this regard! Saudi Arabia has recently "repatriated" over 115,000 Ethiopians with many incidents of brutality and death. We must repatriate all disgruntled African intruders forthwith!

4 ) Jake / Canada
19/12/2013 19:19
1) Amass across a designated border in enough numbers. 2) Demand "right" to asylum. 3) Demand "right" to welfare. 4) Demand "right" to housing. 5) Demand "right" to schooling and health services. 6) Demand "right" to citizenship. 7) Demand "right" to elect and be elected. 8) Demand "right" to bring in more of their own. 9) Demand "right" to build mosques and other religious privileges, like halal food. 10) Demand "right" to create no-go zones in cities.

5 ) Nir / Israel
19/12/2013 20:30
They are not refugees, but impertinent migrant workers who entered Israel illegally (!) through Egypt. If they succeed come to Egypt and to run away from their country (Sudan, Eritrea or whatever) so they are not refugees. Secondly, this is an open facility! they can get out and work, they get bed, food and shower for free! they have a lot of sport fields. why didn't they just ask an asylum in Egypt? why coming here? because they are illegal migrant workers, impertinent leeches.

6 ) Margie / Middle East
20/12/2013 08:35
I've never heard of an African immigrant that wanted to live in the Palestinian territories. Your reputation isn't so welcoming. Awful Israel on the other hand, is a country of choice. That's called voting with your feet.

7 ) Maureen / Australia
20/12/2013 20:28
@1'' ill treatments from Nazis'', What do you mean ill treatment? Were the six million who were murdered, as well as the countless gays and romanies who were also killed ''ill treated''? Ill treatment, does that mean they were refused clean socks on Mondays, and sent to bed early without a dessert?
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