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African immigrants in Israel protest near Egypt border
Published Saturday 28/06/2014 (updated) 30/06/2014 12:47
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Undocumented African immigrants hold banners in Kibbutz Nahshon
in protest after abandoning an "open" detention facility in the southern
Israeli desert on Dec. 17, 2013 (AFP/File Jack Guez)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Nearly 1,000 illegal African immigrants in Israel on Friday staged a march towards the southern border with Egypt to protest against living conditions in their internment camp, public radio reported.

Israeli soldiers stopped the demonstrators, most from Eritrea and Sudan, nearly 300 meters from the border, it added.

The protesters, who are allowed out during the day, said in a statement that their march was in protest against their "inhuman and unlimited" detention in the Holot camp.

Holot houses some 2,300 immigrants.

The demonstrators were demanding to be able to leave Israel, and called on the UN refugee agency and the international community to take charge of their cases so they can immigrate to a third country.

The Israeli authorities require undocumented immigrants who have been in Israel for more than five years to live in Holot.

One demonstrator said the authorities present it as an "open facility," but it was "actually a prison."

Under legislation passed in December 2013, authorities can detain illegal immigrants for up to a year without trial.

In February, Haaretz newspaper reported that Israel had started flying undocumented immigrants to Uganda with the authorization of that country's authorities.

The Israeli population and immigration office said that in late 2013 there were 53,646 African immigrants in Israel, 35,987 of whom were Eritrean, 13,249 Sudanese and the remainder from other countries.

Israel's construction of an electric fence along its border with Egypt has reduced the number of immigrants arriving illegally through the Sinai Peninsula to almost none.

Thousands of African immigrants rallied last year against the authorities' refusal to grant them refugee status.
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1 ) Malone / Hfx
28/06/2014 16:33
If they want to leave,let them....they should be seeking asylum in Egypt anyway,as that is the first border they crossed on the way to Israel.

2 ) Mel / USA
28/06/2014 17:45
These refugees were persecuted in Sudan,Darfur etc &came to Israel as Jews came,as REFUGEES!But these new refugees didn't know the(white)Zionist dream has no place for them,because they're"kushim"(or worse)."They(immigrants)will...bring..the end of the Zionist dream(that belongs to the white man"(E.Yishai)LOL!And Yishai is of TUNISIAN/Mizrahi/Maghrib descent!?TRUTH may be too painful for the white Israeli Jews to take?Like all colonialism,they are the MINORITY.Why do you think they ARE so cruel?

3 ) Mel / USA
28/06/2014 17:54
Cont:The white-Jewish-supremacist dream is a dream & nightmare for MILLIONS"others"Israel deems less than human.
http://middleeastrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2012/05/israel-jewish-democratic-white.html
Israel LOVES Ethiopian Jews as military cannon-fodder,to kill the Palestinians. Listen well:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdO7jF7n8pE

4 ) Mel / USA
28/06/2014 18:30
Cont: In fact you could FILL up the comments section on Ma'an WITH examples of Zionist racism.Not JUST toward m,illions of Palestinian indigenous,or Black refugees,but ALSO segregation toward Israel's OWN "Lower-Jews"(Sephardic,Mizrahi,Russian&African Jews)by the Ashkenazi elite.Ashkenazi white-Jews USE Brown/Black-skinned Jews(pawns)to do their DIRTY,racist work(on the streets)for them! How hypocritical &totally IRONIC is that! Enough said!

5 ) Arnold / Canada
28/06/2014 21:26
Mel- stop your bull. The refugees are not Jews. They never claimed to be Jews. As refugees they are entitled and must remain in the first free country they arrive in. If anything that would have been Egypt.

6 ) Maureen / Australia
28/06/2014 22:17
While on the subject of racism, it is interesting to note that Israel's P.M.Netanyahu, has a son who is dating a non Jewish Norwegian girl. Good for him, I say! Very, very pathetic comments on the subject made by the racist parties/individuals in Israel. (Ref. Internet)

7 ) Jootoo / UK
28/06/2014 22:57
They are economic migrants. Israel did not invite them to either work, study or visit. Send them home, they have outstayed their visit as guest in Israel.

8 ) Outlier / USA
29/06/2014 00:49
Israel should arrest each and every one of these protestors, escort them to the Egyptian border, and give them the choice of leaving or staying. If they stay, any other arrest will result in immediate deportation....to Gaza!

9 ) JoeFattal / USA
29/06/2014 04:12
@5 Arnold /Canada You kidding, Egypt. Egypt needs the African refugees is as much as the US wants all the Jews from Israel.

10 ) Mel / USA
29/06/2014 18:05
#5:Arnie"bull"? Where's the bull? It's all there in fact! And-plug-head-read the posts again!It doesn't say the refugees are Jews?They came as 'as Jews came,as refugees'(1930-40's).It's because they're NOT Jews (merely persecuted human beings)that Israel has them LOCKED away in"closed accomodation camps"(i.e. ETHNIC PRISONS)in Negev,or shoved in overcrowded sheds/cellars,as cheap labor/entertainment,for Jews-only colonies/kibbutzim(replacing Palestinians).The denialist BS is yours,Arnie.Own it!
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