Right Now demands that the Israeli government develop a fair Refugee Status Determination procedure that allows for each individual to apply for asylum; to change its deportation process so that the South Sudanese have ample time to prepare to return to South Sudan; and to cease to build the massive detention centres that criminalises people arbitrarily and indefinitely. There are an estimated 60,000 African asylum seekers in Israel, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea. They are officially referred to by the Israeli government as “infiltrators” and are treated as such by the Israeli government’s policy toward them, which is not in line with Israel’s obligations to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.
Additionally, by the same organisation a documentary was made to grasp the situation of refugees in Israel and you can watch it here.
This petition was created in January, 2014 in solidarity with the African asylum seekers who have been marching and demonstrating for their rights in the streets of Israel over the past couple of months. Join us in urging the Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister of Interior Gideon Saar, and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer to cease all detention of asylum seekers without due process and to provide them with a real, transparent, and fair Refugee Status Determination procedure, one that assesses each individual’s claim and provides protections and support for refugees in line with the 1951 Refugee Convention of which Israel is a signatory.
Many Israelis have expressed solidarity by marching with and supporting the asylum seekers, but they need our help, the help of the Jews in the Diaspora and of any and all individuals who believe in human rights. They need us to show the Israeli government how much we care about Israel’s commitment to refugee rights and humanity.