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Israel: African Refugees Protest Israeli Migrant Laws

20130826-123243.jpgTen thousand African migrants packed a square in central Tel Aviv Sunday to march against what they say is harsh treatment by the Israeli government.

Many of the protesters carried signs demanding human rights and criticizing laws that place them in detention and forbid them to work.

Most of the Africans came from Eritrea and Sudan seeking asylum from poverty, violence and political chaos.

But Israeli authorities consider the migrants infiltrators and illegals. Officials have built a fence along the Egyptian border to try to keep them out.

Parliament passed a new law last month putting Africans without proper documents in indefinite detention and banning them from jobs.

The United Nations refugee agency and many Israelis criticize the new law as a violation.

1 Comment on Israel: African Refugees Protest Israeli Migrant Laws

  1. Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle) // January 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm // Reply

    This sounds very much like what is happening here in Australia.
    I just don’t get how Israelis can try to shut out people who want to claim refuge. Maybe they could show a bit more compassion. They were once the victims.

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