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Right-wing Israeli Interior Minister orders imprisonment of refugees, including genocide survivors

Posted by Christopher Coen on August 30, 2012

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Wednesday said he intends to jail African migrants from Sudan and Eritrea in  internment camps in the Negev desert. Many of the Sudanese refugees are survivors of genocide in Darfur. An article at The Times of Israel explains:

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Wednesday stepped up his campaign to rid Israel of asylum seekers, saying he intends to jail African migrants from Sudan and Eritrea illegally residing in Israel…

Yishai ordered the National Immigration Authority to prepare to house the migrants in specially built detention facilities in the south of Israel, saying he does not intend to wait for court authorization. “I shall not wait any longer,” the Shas minister told Channel 2 News, adding, “We will make their life in Israel hell so that they’ll wish to return to their countries of origin.”… Read more here

An article at Haaretz refers to the Darfur genocide survivors.

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3 Responses to “Right-wing Israeli Interior Minister orders imprisonment of refugees, including genocide survivors”

  1. Dini said

    Under UN guidelines the vast majority of these Sudanese and Eritreans are refugees. Israel simply refuses to recognize them.

  2. diing78 said

    Israel was also founded by refugees, which makes these deplorable actions that much more heinous.

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