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The Department of Migrants and Persons with no Civil Status endeavors to protect the immigrants’ rights to health, to have them included in public health settlements, to sever the ties between civil status and entitlement to social rights, and to promote a “social residency” status that will enable immigrants’ entitlement to rights unconditioned upon their civil status. Read More
30.11.2014
Managing the Despair - Holot Detention Center Report
Managing the Despair - Holot Detention Center Report.
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30.11.2014
Apdate July 8, 2014: Asylum Seekers In Israel

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05.03.2014
"Worse than Saharonim" | Report on a visit by PHR-Israel's delegation to the "Holot" detention facility

On January 10, 2014, a delegation of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) visited the "Holot" detention facility for asylum seekers in the Negev, and met about a 100 detainees. During the visit, the team examined 63 asylum seekers and talked to some 30 more about their medical services and living conditions.



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26.02.2014
83% of detained migrant children and parents exhibit post-traumatic symptoms
New study on psychological and physical health effects of detention conditions of children of work migrants and .asylum seekers

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17.02.2014
A new plan presents alternatives to child detention: Team of Experts to Israeli Government: End Detention of Migrant Children

The End Child Detention Coalition (EDC) - comprised of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)’s ‘Israeli Children’ project, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel and the UNHCR, formulated an action plan in the past few months, recommending alternatives for child detention in Israel. The plan was presented for the first time yesterday, February 10th, in a special Knesset hearing regarding alternatives to child detention. The hearing was in joint conference of the Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on Foreign workers.



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03.02.2014
PHR Israel's Delegation Visits Holot Detention Facility
On January 10, 2014, a delegation of PHR-Israel visited the "Holot" detention facility for asylum seekers in the Negev. Although Holot is formally designated as an "open facility", it is a detention facility for all intents and purposes. Moreover, the lack of a release date and any horizon for hope or solution for the refugees make their stay unbearable. PHR-Israel believes that asylum seekers should not be in jail.


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01.01.2014
Human Rights Organisations call on the Israeli government to recognise the protection needs and rights of asylum seekers on its territory

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network call on the Israeli government to recognise the protection needs and rights of asylum seekers on its territory.



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13.12.2013
Letter to the Pope | Sr. Azezet Habtezghi Kidane, Comboni Sisters | 'Physicians for Human Rights - Israel'
"In the last few years I am living in the holy land and as part of my mission I volunteer for a non-profit organization named Physicians for Human Rights-Israel. I allow myself to write you this letter, since I heard that on the first Friday of November a meeting about anti-human trafficking is going to take place in the Vatican."



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02.11.2013
Sudanese asylum seeker dies in Israel for lack of affordable health care | Haaretz, Oct' 2013
Ido Efrati, HaAaretz, Oct 29, 2013.
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27.10.2013
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) Input to ENP - Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Status less persons
PHR-Israel’s ENP country progress report on Israel (September 2012 –September 2013) on Asylum.Seekers, Migrants and Status less persons.

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17.10.2013
Eritrean refugees dying on the road to freedom | Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Sister Aziza, an Eritrean nun living in Israel, and nurse who volunteers at Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, mourns the tragic loss of life of Eritrean refugees in the recent Lampedusa shipwreck, and calls for international action against the torture camps in the Sinai.


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14.10.2013
The Palestinian women harmed by the Citizenship Law are revealed

A guard attempted to remove Nujood from the delivery room because she had no I.D., and Suzanne wants to take her son to an after-school activity, but she isn’t allowed to drive. Now they are uniting to obtain rights.

Liat Schlesinger, May 3, 2013


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29.08.2013
NGOs’ response to Israel’s ‘deal’ with Uganda on refugees
a joint statement the NGOs ACRI, Hotline for Migrant Workers, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, A.S.A.F., Amnesty International Israel and Kav LaOved.

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03.07.2013
Current challenges facing African asylum seekers arriving in Israel via Sinai

As of May 2013, there were approximately 54,580 (May, 2013) asylum seekers in Israel who entered via the Egyptian Sinai border. Of these, 66% areEritrean, 25% are Sudanese, and the rest are from Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Somalia and other countries.20% of this population is female. Of these, an estimated 7,000 are people who were tortured and/or extorted for ransom in the Sinai, either by groups paid to smuggle them to Israel, or increasingly, as a result of kidnappings from Sudan and Ethiopia.



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13.06.2013
Briefing on current challenges facing asylum seekers in ISRAEL
Recommendations for your dialogue relevant stakeholders.

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24.02.2013
End-Child-Detention Project
On route to Israel refugees are tortured for ransom, in particular in the Sinai. About 1,5% of those held in the desert are children accompanied by their parents, or single mothers; the vast majority is from Eritrea. Once arrived in Israel, the Anti-Infiltration Law foresees detention of refugees, incl. their children for up to three years. Refugees from a so-called "Enemy State", e.g. Sudan may be detained indefinitely, also their children. Child-detention is increasing and prolonged confinement with limited access to legal presentation, health services and primary education is the norm.

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20.02.2013
Urgent Appeal: Prevent Deportations of Eritrean Asylum Seekers to Eritrea or Uganda
Israeli human rights groups are gravely concerned for the fate of 23 Eritrean asylum seekers under threat of deportation to Eritrea against their will. While the date of deportation remains unknown, we fear that the deportations could happen over the next week. We ask that you urgently contact representatives in the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that these deportations are prevented.

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06.01.2013
After over a month and a half of intensive renovations, PHR-Israel's new and improved Open Clinic is open for business!

After over a month and a half of intensive renovations, PHR-Israel's new and improved Open Clinic is open for business! Over the duration of the renovations, the Open Clinic staff and volunteers encountered numerous asylum seekers and other status-less individuals who were denied access to basic medical and health services in emergency rooms, clinics, and hospitals.


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04.12.2012
Over 100 Women and Children Received Treatment in East Barta'a Yesterday, at a Special Mobile Clinic for Women Negatively Impacted by Israel's Citizenship Law

The special Mobile Clinic visit was conducted as part of a joint project of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) and Shatil. The project aims to unbind social rights from civil status, and to assist Palestinian women (primarily those living along the Green Line) negatively impacted by the Citizenship Law in receiving social residency status that will enable them access to health and welfare services.


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05.11.2012
Tortured in Sinai, Jailed in Israel - New Report by PHR-Israel & Hotline for Migrant Workers
A new report by PHR-Israel & Hotline for Migrant Workers. The report aims to present the consequences of the general Israeli government policy toward asylum seekers, as it is applied on trafficking, slavery and torture survivors arriving Israel from the Sinai desert.

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04.11.2012
The New York Times: Sinai Becomes Prison for African Migrants
AL-MEHDIA, EGYPT — Frisgy Gamienbay, a 21-year-old Eritrean, was emaciated when Egyptian Bedouins discovered him late one September evening in the Sinai Desert near the Egyptian-Israeli border. A few weeks later, he died in an Egyptian hospital near the Rafah border crossing into Gaza.

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29.10.2012
Open Letter on British Delegation to Sinai, October 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron will be sending an important delegation of UK military personnel and field experts, including Sir David Richards, to advise Egypt on the issue of security in the Sinai region. It is paramount that combating human trafficking and torture in Sinai is seen as a priority by this delegation.


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29.10.2012
Israel: Asylum Seekers Blocked at Border; Eritreans Pushed Back to Egypt, Despite Risk of Abuse
The Israeli military has since June 2012 prevented dozens of asylum seekers, most of them Eritreans, from crossing Israel’s newly constructed fence on its border with Egypt, Human Rights Watch, the Hotline for Migrant Workers, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel said today. Israel has also unlawfully deported dozens more back to Egypt, the three groups said. Israel should stop rejecting asylum seekers at the fence unless its officials determine in a fair procedure that they do not face threats to their lives or freedom or inhuman and degrading treatment because of that rejection.

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06.09.2012
Human Rights Watch' New Report: End Sinai Nightmare for Migrants'

The organization Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, which has provided medical assistance to thousands of migrants at the open clinic it runs in Jaffa, has treated hundreds of people abused by traffickers in Sinai since victims began to present themselves in early 2010. Based on an analysis of around 700 of the 1,300 interviews it conducted with migrants who entered Israel from Sinai since October 2010, the physicians’ group reported that 59 percent of the interviewees said they had been subjected to serious abuses including “beating, whipping, burning/branding, electric shock, burying in the sand/soil, suspension by the limbs, exposure to sun, sexual abuse, threat of execution, shooting, [and] threats of organ removal.”


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05.09.2012
PHR - Israel' will lead a convoy of medical professionals to asylum seekers at border'

Tomorrow, Thursday September 9th, 'Physicians for Human Rights - Israel' will lead a delegation to the Egyptian border demanding that the asylum seekers stuck at the border be permuted to enter Israel and that PHR be permitted to check on their health statuses. Tomorrow morning we will head to the border, because we can now allow ourselves to stay at home in the face of such horrible injustice. 


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30.08.2012
The "Refugees' Rights Forum" Position Paper - August 2012: African Asylum Seekers Arriving in Israel via the Sinai Desert
Since 2009, smugglers in the Sinai have imprisoned refugees (mainly Eritreans) en route to Israel in harsh conditions, which include severe torture, sexual assault and rape, and demands for large sums of money for their release. 4 Testimonies of over 1,3005 survivors recorded at PHR-Israel's Open Clinic since 20106 revealed that 59% of the interviewees described being subjected to torture7 by smugglers who threatened them at gunpoint while they were chained.

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14.08.2012
The 'Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land' has launched a renewed appeal in favor of the victims of human traffickers in the Sinai.

The 'Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land' has launched a renewed appeal, published on August 9, 2012, in favor of the victims of human traffickers in the Sinai. This comes in the light of the deployment of Egyptian military forces there.


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08.07.2012
Briefing note: Israeli treatment of African asylum-seekers and refugees arriving in Israel via Sinai
In recent years a sharp increase in the arrival of new asylum-seekers has been recorded in Israel. By March 2012, 58,088 asylum-seekers had reportedly entered Israel, the vast majority of them during the last five years, with most originating in Eritrea (56.46%) and Sudan (25.91%).1 Entry into Israel is via the Sinai desert and the Egyptian border.

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08.07.2012
Update: Escalating measures against asylum- refugees in Israel
This document provides supplementary information to the April 2012 briefing note entitled 'Israeli treatment of African asylum-seekers and refugees arriving in Israel via Sinai', and its accompanying materials.

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24.06.2012
Selected testimonies of Sinai victims collected by Sister Aziza in PHR-I open clinic:
" I was beaten and chained and you can still see the scars on my body. The person who was chained with me died but the smugglers left the body chained with me for two days. They beat me on the soles of my feet and they burned my hands with fire. When I was chained, wounds burst on my legs. I also suffered from extreme hunger and thirst. I got one piece of bread every 24 hours and 1 1/2 liter of water for 32 people."
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24.06.2012
Press Release: Azezet Kidane, an Eritrean nun and nurse who volunteers at Physicians For Human Rights-Israel’s Open Clinic will receive today the prestigious U.S. State Department’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Heroes Award

Azezet Kidane, an Eritrean nun and nurse who volunteers at Physicians For Human Rights-Israel’s Open Clinic will receive today the prestigious U.S. State Department’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Heroes Award


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24.06.2012
بيان صحفي : عزيزة كيداني، راهبة من إرتريا متطوّعة في العيادة المفتوحة التابعة لمنظمة أطباء لحقوق الإنسان، تُمنح اليوم جائزة تقديرية أمريكية رفيعة خاصة بالناشطين في حقل مناهضة الاتجار بالبشر

في قمة موجة الاحتجاج على اللاجئين:

عزيزة كيداني، راهبة من إرتريا متطوّعة في العيادة المفتوحة التابعة لمنظمة أطباء لحقوق الإنسان، تُمنح اليوم جائزة تقديرية أمريكية رفيعة خاصة بالناشطين في حقل
مناهضة الاتجار بالبشر

ستمنح الجائزة على يد وزيرة الخارجية الامريكية, هيلاري كلينتون



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18.06.2012
CCTV: Israeli government taking action to stem flow of illegal immigrants
Israeli government taking action to stem flow of illegal immigrants

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04.06.2012
YNET: On Cancer, Racism, and Everything in Between - By Dr. Bella Kaufman, volunteer with Physicians for Human Rights

“The infiltrators are a cancer in our body.” In one easy wave of hand Knesset Member Miri Regev tried to intimidate her listeners. I, who meet cancer patients on a daily basis, was horrified.


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31.03.2012
Hundreds of Refugees Held Hostage in Sinai Torture Camps Need Rescuing
Claims that a large number of refugees have been released from Sinai camps following media reports represents only a partial picture of the current situation on the ground. Human rights organizations worldwide have come together to publish up-to-date information in their possession which shows that the smuggling networks are still up and running and that hundreds of refugee hostages are being tortured by human traffickers in the Sinai.

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29.03.2012
21.3.12 NPR: As Illegal Immigrants Increase, Israel Plans To Act

On a radio broadcast on NPR, PHR-I is raising it's deep concern regarding Israel's plan to build the biggest detention center for asylum seekers in the world.


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25.03.2012
Haaretz 25.3.12: Israel's arrest of Bedouin man sheds light on Sinai kidnappings of African refugees

Rahat resident allegedly secured ransom payments for gang that abducted Eritrean and Sudanese refugees; Israel Police says 'well-oiled' system of kidnappers working in concert with Hebron money changers.


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22.03.2012
European Parliament resolution of 15 March 2012 on human trafficking in Sinai

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20.03.2012
Appeal from the Ordinaries of the Holy Land regarding human trafficking and hostages in Sinai

The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land expresses its deep concern about the horrific situation of African asylum seekers who are being held hostage in the Sinai and calls for an immediate end to human trafficking.


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19.02.2012
19/2/12 O GLOBO ( Brazil) : Until the law separate them: Veto on citizenship for Palestinians married to Israelis divides the country: security or racism?

. Since 2003 thousands of couples have not been able to rectify the situation of their Palestinian spouses. Even those who have managed to receive temporary residence documents - allowing them to reside within Israel- are prevented from working, studying in public schools, opening bankaccountsor driving. They also do not have the right to public health insurance.


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16.02.2012
16.2.12 The GUARDIAN: "African migrants tortured in Egypt's Sinai desert"

Important article on Sinai torture camps, including an interview with a patient of our Open Clinic, a victim of the torture in the Sinai desert.


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15.02.2012
The Guardian: Egyptian authorities look the other way as Bedouin kidnap refugees
Over the past 18 months, PHR has interviewed 900 people who have been tortured in the Sinai, and have traced a human trafficking network that extends to the refugee camps in Sudan and Eritrea.
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15.02.2012
BBC Radio 15/2/12 – Sinai Torture Camps

Shahar Shoham (PHR-I) tell about the victims of torture from Sinai that we meet in our Open Clinic.


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05.02.2012
NIGRIZIA: Sepolti nel Deserto del Sinai

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03.02.2012
Haaretz: Refugees open Tel Aviv homeless shelter for asylum seekers
On the shelter's second day, volunteer doctors from Physicians for Human Rights came to the shelter, to examine those living in the park and the shelter.

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26.01.2012
26/1/12 The REAL NEWS: Israel to become biggest jailer of refugees

On January 11th the Israeli parliament passed an amendment to the so- called Infiltrators Law. This revision allows the authorities to automatically imprison asylum seekers for three years. The plan includes constructing a 10,000 person jail to house the refugees. According to Amnesty International, this puts Israel at the top of the Western World for length of imprisonment of refugees. Today Israel is home to nearly 50,000 asylum seekers from Africa, 85% of whom are from Eritrea and Sudan. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky spoke to Nic Schlagman and Johannes Bayu of the African Refugee Development Center, Ran Cohen of Physicians for Human Rights, and "Ibrahim", an Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel for ten years.


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20.01.2012
20/1/12 The Independent: "Forgotten: The stolen people of the Sinai"

Thousands of poor migrants from across Africa are being kidnapped by Bedouin gangs.


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12.01.2012
Ynet 12/1/12 : 'Citizenship Law – declaration of war on Israeli Arabs'
Israeli Arab says court's decision to reject petition against law will lead to 'expulsion of thousands of families.' Rahat resident: Why are we being treated like enemies?
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10.01.2012
Haaretz 10.1.12: "Knesset passes bill that could put asylum seekers in jail without trial"

Lawmakers objecting to the bill say it is undemocratic, and runs contrary to Israel's international obligations to human rights.


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20.12.2011
Open Clinic's volunteer writes to the minister of the Interior Eli Yishay

Shira Glazerman, a volunteer in the Open Clinic in an open letter to the Minister of Interior, Eli Yishay.


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20.12.2011
Migrant Workers Knesset Committee hearing: transfer the migrant workers’ health insurance from private insurance companies to Public Health Service Providers

On July 11, 2011, a hearing took place at the Migrant Workers Knesset Committee on a bill which is supported by PHR-Israel, to transfer migrant workers’ health insurance from private insurance companies to Public Health Service Providers (kupot holim).

 


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12.12.2011
Corriere Dela Serra:SINAI'S LOST MOTHERS—THE HELL WE WENT THROUGH AMONG RAIDERS


Rape and torture stories: African victims of human trafficking

By Alessandra Coppola


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04.12.2011
New report: Hundreds of Refugees Need Rescue from Torture Camps
Claims that a large number of refugees have been released from Sinai camps following media reports represents only a partial picture of the current situation on the ground. Human rights organizations worldwide have come together to publish up-to-date information in their possession which shows that the smuggling networks are still up and running and that hundreds of refugee hostages are being tortured by
human traffickers in the Sinai.

For the the full report

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16.11.2011
23.2.2011 Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Desert: Findings from 284 Asylum Seekers about Atrocities in the Sinai
Groups of refugees, mainly from Eritrea, are being held captive by smugglers at torture camps in the El-Arish area while on the journey through the Sinai to Israel. The smugglers are demanding ransoms of thousands of dollars for the release of each captive. Methods used to apply pressure on the captives’ relatives to pay up include systematic violence and torture of the hostages. Smugglers telephone captives' relatives so they can hear the cries of pain over the phone. Survivors report the use of systemic violence, including punching, slapping, kicking, and whipping. Forms of torture include burial in sand, electric shocks, hanging by the hands and legs, branding with hot metal, as well as rape and sexual abuse.

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05.11.2011
CNN:Death in the desert: Tribesmen exploit battle to reach Israel
Every year, thousands of refugees, mostly from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan, attempt the dangerous journey from their war-torn countries to Israel in search of economic prosperity and stability.
Very few make it, and the results of the failed migration can be seen in the morgue of the central hospital in the Egyptian port town of El Arish.

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03.11.2011
Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Sinai Desert: A PHR-Israel update about recently arriving asylum seekers, 13.12.10

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11.10.2011
23.2.2011 Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Desert: Findings from 284 Asylum Seekers about Atrocities in the Sinai

Groups of refugees, mainly from Eritrea, are being held captive by smugglers at torture camps in the El-Arish area while on the journey through the Sinai to Israel. The smugglers are demanding ransoms of thousands of dollars for the release of each captive. Methods used to apply pressure on the captives’ relatives to pay up include systematic violence and torture of the hostages. Smugglers telephone captives' relatives so they can hear the cries of pain over the phone. Survivors report the use of systemic violence, including punching, slapping, kicking, and whipping. Forms of torture include burial in sand, electric shocks, hanging by the hands and legs, branding with hot metal, as well as rape and sexual abuse.


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02.09.2011
Yediot Ahronot, Soldiers: "We could returning refugees to their death".
The UN defined this act as illegal. The IDF declared before the High Court of Justice that it no longer commits these acts but soldiers' testimonies reveal: the army continues to return to Egypt refugees who cross the border.
"When we observe them," says a soldier, "we see the Egyptians beating them, kicking them and stomping on them."
The IDF: "The procedure has been frozen. When a deviation is suspected, we look into it.


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25.08.2011
Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Sinai Desert - Media Timeline
Following the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers who come to Israel through the Sinai desert
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25.08.2011
Appeal for Urgent Intervention to Ensure the Safety of Asylum Seekers in Sinai
Strengthening the forces of the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, in coordination with Israel, as well as the violent events which recently took place on the Israel-Egypt border drew the public attention to the security aspect of what is going on in Sinai. However, the subject of the hostage and torture camps, where during the last two years thousands of asylum seekers have been held, has been pushed aside and has not attracted the attention which it deserves.


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22.08.2011
Haaretz: Ministry wants in-house medical care for illegals held at airport
Haaretz: Immigration and Population Authority says on-site medical services now being sought rather than requiring outside medical care.

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10.08.2011
Haarets: South Tel Aviv social protest camp celebrates inter-ethnic solidarity
Haaretz: African music concert hastily organized in Levinsky Park to welcome return of key Ethiopian-Israeli activist arrested Tuesday.

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01.08.2011
The Jerusalem Post: African migrants meet with housing activists
The Jerusalem Post: South Sudanese refugee expresses common fear that if African migrants appear at protests, they'll be branded as economic migrants.

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01.08.2011
Channel 4: Breaking Into Israel
Channel 4: In the Sinai desert, thousands of African immigrants fleeing conscription, torture and conflict in East Africa risk being shot by border guards and held ransom by people smugglers as they try to get to Israel

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24.06.2011
World Refugee Day: Location change

 Due to police intervention, world refugee day has been moved to Tel Aviv Levinski park. See you there today, 24.6.11  at 12:00.



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24.06.2011
Ynet: International Refugee Day event canceled
Ynet: Organizers say police intentionally altered security regulations at last moment to sabotage mass Tel Aviv event scheduled for Friday

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23.06.2011
Important update regarding Refugee Day

The Tel Aviv Police Department has decided not to grant us the appropriate permits for tomorrow's event honoring World Refugee Day. Therefore we have been forced to cancel the event scheduled to take place at the Old Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. We are working on finding an alternative location. Please check our facebook page for further updates


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22.06.2011
972+: Migrants tell of grim conditions in holding facility for children
 Twenty-six children with their mothers have been brought to a holding facility at Ben-Gurion Airport, and deportations are expected to speed up now that the school year is ending

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20.06.2011
Event Cancelled

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20.06.2011
ahramonline: Egypt not a refugee heaven
ahramonline: On World Refugee Day, Egypt's growing refugee and asylum-seeking population comes into sharp focus as the region's shifting political landscape exacerbates humanitarian difficulties on the ground

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19.06.2011

"In a course on community social work devoted to the promotion of solutions for social problems, I was part of a group which chose to seek solutions for the healthcare problems of asylum seekers." The students decided on a protest action, spreading postcards calling government to implement National Health Insurance on asylum seekers. Avia, a student of social work recalls her experience.


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19.06.2011
Intl. Refugee Day: Heatlh Only Near Death?

Yaniv Fenig, a student of medicine and volunteer of Open Clinic: "Because of the limited resources, most patients ...do not get full medical treatment in accordance with western standards. This fact is especially frustrating since in many cases, the possibility to affect their prognosis, ...is substantial."


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18.06.2011
Intl. Refugee Day: Breaking through Language Barrier

 Michal who organized translator course and Genet who participated speak about its significance: "Many of the people sitting in the room with Genet struggled to communicate with the volunteers... When these patients discovered that Genet was able to communicate so effectively with the Clinic staff and volunteers, they turned to her for help."


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18.06.2011
Intl. Refugee Day: Struggling through the Media

Despite the wide exposure in the media, the Open Clinic continues receiving information and testimonies indicating that the torture camps are still operating. Given these findings, the silence and inaction of the Ministries of Welfare and Health is more than striking.


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17.06.2011
Intl. Refugee Day: Dr. Lurie on Satisfaction & Frustration
Dr. Ido Lurie, volunteer, medical manager of the Open Clinic: My work at the Open Clinic at Physicians for Human Rights is marked by a combination of plenty of satisfaction and plenty of frustration.
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15.06.2011
JPost: 'Questions surround death of Eritrean at Egypt border'
Jpost: IDF says it’s looking into incident; examining doctors, Physicians for Human Rights say injuries not consistent with soldiers’ report.
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07.06.2011
IRIN: Tortured for ransom in the Sinai desert
IRIN: "Over the past year, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel's Open Clinic has treated thousands of victims of torture who have entered Israel after surviving captivity and torture in the Sinai desert."

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06.06.2011
CNN: Tales of torture, slavery in Sinai
CNN: Two women from Eritrea - whose identities are hidden - came separately to Israel seeking a better future."I thought things would be much different from Africa," say one of the women. "I got information from people who already arrived before me in Israel that the lifestyle is much better than Eritrea."
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04.06.2011
Channel 4: Unreported World - Breaking Into Israel
Channel 4: In the Sinai desert, thousands of African immigrants fleeing conscription, torture and conflict in East Africa risk being shot by border guards and held ransom by people smugglers as they try to get to Israel.
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27.05.2011
A New PHR-Israel Report - Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Desert: Findings from 284 Asylum Seekers about Atrocities in the Sinai

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18.05.2011
JPost: Eilat mayor: Terrorists could infiltrate Israel's border
JPost: Residents shocked as African migrants knock on doors, asking for water; Eilat mayor calls on Barak to take measures to stop influx of African migrants.
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13.05.2011
BBC: Eritreans 'being tortured in Egypt's Sinai for ransom'
BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut says this testimony has been supported by an Israeli group, Physicians for Human Rights, which has documented the evidence of torture on 300 Eritreans who survived a similar ordeal.
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27.04.2011
Haaretz: IDF reserve refuses to carry out return of African refugees to Egypt, 22.4.2011
Haaretz: Soldiers and officers had heard descriptions from colleagues who regularly serve in the area about abuse of the Africans by Egyptian border policemen.

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21.04.2011
US: Israel is not properly ensuring refugee rights
JPost: Israel has dragged its feet in ensuring the rights of asylum seekers, the US State Department stated in a report issued last week. The 2010 Annual Report on Human Rights states that Israel “has not enacted legislation implementing the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.”

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18.04.2011
Concern for the wellbeing of approximately 40 Eritrean asylum seekers denied entry into Israel at the Israeli- Egyptian border
On the eve of Pesach 2011, while we are celebrating liberty, we ask you to join us in a call to the Israeli authorities, to ensure the safety and well being of a group of approximately 40 Eritrean asylum seekers, women and man, and by no circumstances return them to Egypt. Testimonies received yesterday evening (17.4.11) by both Physicians for Human Rights - Israel and the Hotline for Migrant Workers, raise grave concern to the lives of the group members.

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28.03.2011
Haaretz: Two foreign workers and their children nabbed for deportation, 28.3.2011
Haaretz: The organization Physicians for Human Rights criticized the government's conduct in the case, saying: "The State of Israel continues to treat individuals it brought to the country as disposable slaves that can be expelled and deported after they have fulfilled their function."
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14.03.2011
JPost: Protesters: Refugee status in Israel, democracy in Eritrea, 11.3.2011
JPost: Eritreans also say recent turmoil in Middle East gives hope that popular uprising could topple regime in Asmara. Shahar Shoham, head of the migrants & refugees department in PHR-Israel : “The refugees demand democracy in Eritrea, status as refugees in Israel and international interference to stop the torture that is going on in Sinai.” Photo By Karen Zack - Activestills
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10.03.2011
JPost: Rights group: IDF troops returned African migrants to Sinai, 10.3.2011
JPost: According to PHR-Israel, a 20-year-old Eritrean man who came to the organization’s free clinic in Jaffa at the beginning of March said that in late February, he had been part of a group that IDF caught crossing Egypt-Israel border and were sent men back over to Egypt.
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03.03.2011
BBC World: Interview With Eritrean Refugee Who's being Held By Human Smugglers In Sinai
Phr-Israel sinai report bbc by rkhenin
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03.03.2011
The Jewish Chronicle: People trafficking horror in Sinai , 3.3.2011
The Jewish Chronicle: Just a few miles from Israel's border, a cruel but lucrative business in kidnap and ransom is growing, according to separate reports just released by two Israeli charities. More than 86 women told PHR that they had been raped, the organisation revealed. Some 59 per cent of the trafficked individuals it interviewed were held under guard or shackled to each other, and 52 per cent were subjected to physical abuse.
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01.03.2011
Jewish Journal: Oscar winner ‘Strangers’ promises no Hollywood ending, 1.3.2011
Jewish Journal: One day after an Oscar went to the 40-minute documentary “Strangers No More,” about the Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv and its undocumented students from 48 countries across the Third World — a 12-year-old girl named Esther who stars in the movie is facing probable deportation from Israel, along with an estimated 120 of the 800 pupils in the school.
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23.02.2011
Haaretz: Majority of asylum-seekers in Israel are seriously abused in Sinai, report reveals, 23.2.2011
Haaretz: A Physicians for Human Rights survey reveals that most sub-Saharan Africans seeking refugee status in Israel suffer horrible violence at the hands of those that smuggle them into the country.
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23.02.2011
The Canadian Press: Rights group: Bedouin smugglers rape African women in Egypt trying to reach asylum in Israel, 23.2.2011
The Canadian Press: An Israeli rights group said Wednesday that Bedouin smugglers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have raped dozens of African women who they promised to smuggle into Israel over the past year.At least 86 women from Eritrea reported they were raped while in Sinai, which borders Israel, said Ran Cohen, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.
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14.01.2011
Tablet: Exodus, 14.1.2011
Tablet: As southern Sudan votes on independence, Sudanese refugees working in the resorts of Eilat consider returning to their own promised land.
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13.01.2011
Reuters Africa: African migrants report abuse on way to Israel, 13.1.11

Reuters Africa: African migrants en route to Israel are subject to torture, rape and assault by traffickers in Egypt's Sinai desert, Israeli Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said, citing interviews it conducted with victims. "From January to November 2010 we referred 165 women who travelled through Sinai to (Israeli) hospitals for abortions. We believe half of these women were sexually assaulted in Sinai," said Shahar Shoham, a case worker in PHR's open clinic in Jaffa.


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10.01.2011
Open Clinic Emergency Appeal - Newly Arriving Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Ex- hostages and Victims of Torture , Seek Treatment at PHR-Israel's Open Clinic, 30.12.10
Newly Arriving Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan, Ex- hostages and Victims of Torture Seek Treatment at PHR-Israel's Open Clinic. During this holiday season, help us provide much-needed physical and mental care.

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03.01.2011
BBC: Fears over African migrants held by Sinai Bedouin, 31.12.10

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02.01.2011
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information: The Egyptian Government Must Intervene Immediately to Save African Hostages in Sinai

ANHRI.NET: Thirteen Egyptian human rights organizations expressed their distress today about the Egyptian government’s continuing dismissal of reports confirming the detention, torture and rape of hundreds of African hostages in Sinai by human trafficking gangs over the last few months. The Egyptian organizations call upon all government authorities to live up to their obligations under national and international laws and take immediate action to secure the release of the hostages currently detained.


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31.12.2010
BBC: Fears over African migrants held by Sinai Bedouin, 31.12.10

BBC: Human rights groups say Bedouin smuggling gangs are holding over a hundred African migrants for ransom in the Sinai desert. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has had rare access to smugglers close to the Israeli border (The article includes a BBC video report).


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30.12.2010
Forward: Eritrean Tells of His Cruel Odyssey to Israel, 29.12.10
Forward: Tel Aviv — On a bed in his tiny shared apartment in Tel Aviv, Mekonen Kefete bares his right leg to illustrate the story of his journey to Israel. It is dotted with dark black marks where red-hot iron bars were cruelly poked into his skin. More than 35,000 illegal African immigrants have reached Israel via Egypt, and most are thought to have paid traffickers at some point to help with their journeys. The traffickers did their part, but in early 2010 Israeli medics began to see signs of a sinister new business venture: Sinai traffickers holding their prey for ransom for large sums and using extreme abuse to nudge such “deals” along.

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27.12.2010
The Examiner: African migrants protest Israeli detention center, 24.12.10
The Examiner: Hundreds of Israelis and African migrants marched down Tel Aviv's main boulevard on Friday to protest a government plan to build a detention facility to hold those who enter the country illegally. The government estimates that more than 30,000 Africans, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, have entered Israel through the porous southern border with Egypt since 2005.

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26.12.2010
Haaretz: 'Asylum seekers trying to reach Israel are being trapped and tortured in Sinai' 26.12.10

Haaretz: Some 220 asylum seekers who were trying to reach Israel are being held captive by smugglers in Sinai, Egypt and are subject to rape and torture, according to a recent report published by Physicians for Human Rights.


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19.12.2010
Al Jazeera Eng: Migrants face Israel deportation , 16.12.10

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19.12.2010
LA Times: EGYPT: Report claims African refugees face kidnapping, torture in Sinai. 16.12.10

LA Times; More than 200 African asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are being held captive by smugglers along the Sinai border with Israel, a report issued by Physicians for Human Rights Israel claims.


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13.12.2010
Media Coverage: Desert Hell – Refugees Suffer Torture and Rape in the Sinai Desert.
 

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08.12.2010
Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Sinai Desert: A PHR-Israel update about recently arriving asylum seekers, 13.12.10

 


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08.12.2010
Hundreds of Refugees Fall Victim to Rape, Slavery and Torture in Sinai

Ha'aretz: Hundreds of asylum seekers on their way to Israel are held hostage by their Bedouin smugglers and fall victim to severe violence, torture and slavery – reports Physicians for Human Rights - based on recently collected evidence, published here for the first time.


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08.12.2010
Sending Them to Their Death - Refugees are being sent back to the Sinai Desert by the IDF. One officer refused the order. By Einat Fischbein, Yediot Aharonot, November 24, 2010
Translated article form Yediot Aharonot: A. didn’t even think he was disobeying an order. “I’m taking them to the base,” he announced plainly on the radio to the company commander. A. contacted his commander after he took into his vehicle a group of Africans that had crossed the border during the night between Friday and Saturday. Even when the man on the other end of the line informed him that he was to take the 13 Africans to a different location on the border and put place them on the Egyptian side, A. did not change his decision.
By Einat Fischbein, Yediot Aharonot, November 24, 2010

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08.12.2010
Vatican Radio - World ignores horror of Sinai hostages, 5.12.10
An estimated 600 men and women are being held in chains, tortured, beaten and threatened with being traded to organ traffickers. On Sunday Pope Benedict XVI called for urgent intervention in the horrific plight of these refugees from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan.

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07.12.2010
The long road of death, massacre in Sinai - The Egyptian territory has become a human prison for African migrants.
From JPost:
They are hung from trees by metal chains attached to their arms and provided with plastic bags to collect their urine to drink when they are thirsty. They are gang raped, tortured with electricity and held prisoner in desert camps. When they escape they are shot, either by their Beduin captors or by Egyptian police. These savage and disturbing details, published piecemeal over the years, are just a part of the picture of what is being done in Egypt’s Sinai desert to African migrants.

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06.12.2010
AP: Israel fears 'flood' of migrants threatens state

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Ismail Abdul-Rasul and his family escaped war in Darfur, languished in squalid conditions in Egypt for five years and nearly suffocated in a harrowing journey across the Sinai desert before they were finally smuggled into Israel.


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28.11.2010
Desert Hell - The Journey of Refugees through the Sinai Desert
Translated article form Yediot Aharonot: Rape, electric shocks on all parts of the body, burning with white-hot iron bars, confinement, loss of consciousness, and death in sweltering containers. More and more evidence exposes what's going on only dozens of kilometers from the Egyptian- Israeli border, in torture camps built by Bedouin traffickers in the Sinai desert. The situation in the camps is beyond belief: many African migrants report systematic and severe torturing on their way here, with about half the women raped and hundreds subsequently forced to undergo abortions in Israel. Now that the extent of the humanitarian disaster is becoming clear, the UN is trying to put an end to it.
By Einat Fishbein, November 19, 2010, Yediot Ahronot, Weekend Insert

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28.10.2010
African refugees: We're being sold

Ynet News: Human rights groups warn against Netanyahu's plan to pay African states to absorb illegal migrants. Ran Cohen, director of the Department for Migrants, Refugees and Undocumented People at Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: "Netanyahu is planning to deport refugees to African countries after many years of selling weapons to African dictatorships. This idea places Netanyahu squarely within the category of the worst African dictators who point Israeli weapons at the heads of the refugees who come here". 


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25.10.2010
From Social Periphery to Social Residency
A presentation created by Ran Cohen, Director of Migrants and Refugees Dept. at PHR-Israel for the 3rd Israeli Meeting on Rural Medicine 2010 (IDF Southern Command - Medical Division and the Israeli Society of Frontier Medicine). Please note - View using Mozilla Firefox web browser.

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12.10.2010
The Department of Migrants and (Civic) Status-Less Persons - Activities Report, July 2010

During July 726 (civic) status-less persons applied to the clinic for medical care. 242 of them were first time applicants. Their demographic distribution was as follows: 110 males, 108 females, 16 children and of the remaining 8 new applicants details were not specified. 


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08.09.2010
Ending a state of limbo
From Ha'aretz:
When it comes to immigration policy, Israel has its cake and eats it, too. Over the past 20 years, the country has admitted thousands of non-Jewish migrants to do work that Israelis themselves refuse to do, but by allowing naturalization almost exclusively to Jews alone, and by tying social benefits to legal-residency status, the state has created an entire class of people living here in limbo, deprived of basic rights.

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29.08.2010
Use and Lose:Israel’s Palestinian collaborators
From JNews:
The story of Nadim Injaz, which hit the headlines on 17 August after he broke into the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv and demanded political asylum, is just one of thousands of tragedies of Palestinians who collaborated with the Israeli security forces.

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02.08.2010
400 foreign workers' kids out. Deportation decision slammed by some govt ministers and UNICEF.

The cabinet on Sunday adopted the recommendations of the interministerial committee on the deportation of 1,200 children of foreign workers, which means that only about 400 of them will be deported with their families, while the rest will be granted permanent residency.


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01.08.2010
Cabinet approves deportation of 400 migrant children from Israel
According to inter-ministerial committee's recommendation, children of migrant workers must fit 5 criteria in order to remain in Israel; 400 do not.

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21.07.2010
New Position Paper: The Humanitarian Committee - a false hope to the many who have been affected by the Citizenship Law
Ahead of the annual extension of the Temporary Provisions to the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law -PHR-IL issues a new position paper: The Humanitarian Committee - a false hope to the many who have been affected by the Citizenship Law.

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27.06.2010
MK wants health care coverage for all foreign workers' kids - legal or not

The ministerial committee on legislation is to discuss today a proposal to amend the Government Health Law to include all children born in Israel or living here for more than three months.


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25.06.2010
Open heart/ Ha'aretz, Kobi Ben-Simhon, 24.6.10
Prof. Raphi Walden, The Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital and a long time board member of PHR-IL, calls on the government to make health care for refugees a top priority. He asks: Has Israeli society become indifferent to suffering?
Feature article in the weekend edition of Ha'aretz, 25.6.10

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