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March 23, 2018  RSS feed
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Over 20,000 in Israel protest coming deportation of Africans

JERUSALEM (JTA) – More than 20,000 protested in Tel Aviv against a government plan to deport African asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan to a third country in Africa.

The rally in Rabin Square was organized by NGOs (non-governmental organizations), Sudanese and Eritrean groups, Stop the Deportation movement and the South Tel Aviv against the Deportation group, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The deportations were scheduled to begin on April 1, but Israel’s Supreme Court has halted the deportations until it reviews a petition filed against the practice. According to the government plan, migrants who choose to leave by March 31 will receive a payment of $3,500 as well as free airfare and other incentives.

For now, deportation notices will not be issued to women, children, fathers of children, anyone recognized as a victim of slavery or human trafficking, and those who had requested asylum by the end of 2017 but have not received a response, Haaretz reported.

There are up to 40,000 Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel, including 5,000 children.


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