Deportation of Asylum Seekers to Start Within Weeks, Israeli Gov’t Announces

Speaking at the High Court of Justice on Tuesday, State Prosecutor's Office said deportations to Rwanda, Uganda to begin soonThe Israeli government plans to begin deporting asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan within the next

Speaking at the High Court of Justice on Tuesday, State Prosecutor’s Office said deportations to Rwanda, Uganda to begin soonThe Israeli government plans to begin deporting asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan within the next few weeks, attorney Shosh Shmueli of the State Prosecutor’s Office told the High Court of Justice at a hearing on Tuesday morning.
The government intends on implementing “the agreements,” Shmueli told the High Court, referring to the agreements signed with Rwanda and Uganda without mentioning the countries by name. Court President Esther Hayut asked about the schedule for the deportations and Shmueli replied, “Very soon,” but said she was not yet certain about the date.

“How soon?” asked Hayut. “Weeks,” answered Shmueli.
The hearing was another stage in a petition filed by human rights groups against the law requiring asylum seekers to deposit 20 percent of their earnings into an account which they will only be given access to upon leaving Israel. An extended panel of seven justices, headed by Hayut, is hearing the petition.
The petitioners say the law, which went into effect seven months ago, is forcing many of the refugees into poverty and distress, and violates their basic human rights. The government rejects these claims, saying the deposits are a legitimate economic incentive to encourage Eritrean and Sudanese citizens to leave the country.
The deportations apply only to African migrants from Eritrea and Sudan (but not Darfur) who entered Israel illegally and who are not officially recognized by the government as asylum seekers, or who have had their application for asylum rejected. Those who are in the official process of seeking asylum may not be deported.
As part of the government’s plan, the Holot detention facility in the Negev will be closed down, but this closure hinges on a large number of deportations taking place. The plan is to give asylum seekers the choice between leaving “voluntarily” for Rwanda or being detained for an undefined amount of time.
Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal with Rwanda over amendments to the previous agreement between the two countries. The change says that Rwanda would accept asylum seekers deported against their will. Now that the agreement with the “third country” has been amended, said Hayut, a previous High Court ruling allowing for involuntary deportation in such cases can be applied.
A number of residents of south Tel Aviv, where large numbers of asylum seekers live, attended the hearing. Residents have been holding demonstrations every week near Hayut’s home.
Concerning the 20 percent deposits, Justice Hanan Melcer asked if the asylum seekers had a right to this money. Shmueli said: “Certainly, it’s their wages.” She explained that the refugees have the right to decide if they want to stay or leave Israel, and those who choose to remain will not receive the money as long as they stay in Israel.

Source: haaretz.com

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  • k.tewolde December 7, 2017

    I would take the money and get the hell outta there,why would I hung out in a place I am not wanted,what kind of protection do you expect in a place where they can’t stand your sight? The best option was you are big of an army enough to give the boot the tyrant back home and take matters in your own hands,since that is not your preferred option,take the few change and gamble in a place where they have a little empathy and people look like you.

  • amanuel December 7, 2017

    I do not think your predicament and misery will end so long the unellected and thus illegitimate leader and his disposable cabinet and generals are in power

    • k.tewolde December 8, 2017

      They indeed are disposable,however if the disposable is disposing you ,roger we got a problem.The people who were molded by the machine,who were in the machine,who now how to operate the machine and abandoned the machine,where are they? How are they letting this mayhem go for so long?

  • Berhe Tensea December 10, 2017

    The Israeli government and its people don’t like refugees,First of all Israel is too small to handle African refugees, and they hate the idea of assimilation to their society.
    The Israelis are very serious about what they call ” safe guarding of their territory from refugees or others”.
    The Eritreans and other Africans choice to move to other areas of Africa that they can welcome them and feel at home , as K tewelde has said in his post.
    Eritreans and Africans must fight ignorance and think logically and and fight for their freedom and improve their lives in Africa,
    Death to self appointed leaders like the Tembenay in Africa.

  • Berhe Tensea December 10, 2017

    The Israeli government and its people don’t like refugees,First of all Israel is too small to handle African refugees, and they hate the idea of assimilation to their society.
    The Israelis are very serious about what they call ” safe guarding of their territory from refugees or others”.
    The Eritreans and other Africans is to choose or to move to other areas of Africa that they can welcome them and feel at home , as K tewelde has said in his post.
    Eritreans and Africans must fight ignorance and think logically and and fight for their freedom and improve their lives in Africa,
    Death to self appointed leaders like the Tembenay in Africa.

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