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Darfur Refugees – Where Will They Go Now

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Unwanted in Israel Al Jazerra: By Sherine Tadros at the Egyptian-Israeli border

More than five hundred Sudanese refugees have fled to Israel in the last two months to escape genocide in Darfur. Now Israel is threatening to deport them.

No refugee status

Sigal Rosen, from the hotline for migrant workers in Tel Aviv, said: “The government started arresting the Sudanese under the infiltration law – a law made in emergency times; a law under which there was no possibility to release them for a very long period of detention.

To Israel, Sudan is an ‘enemy state’, and the Sudanese, ‘enemy nationals’.

“They aren’t getting refugee status and there are deportation orders hanging over the heads of all of them.

Identity crisis

Eytan Schwartz, spokesperson for the Committee for Advancement of Refugees of Darfur (Card), said that Israel has a moral obligation to take the Sudanese in.

“We are a country founded by refugees, we are a people who were persecuted for thousands of years. We of all people should know what it’s like to be people of a nation that nobody wants to take in.

“That’s why we have a moral, historical obligation to take them in, even if they’re from an enemy country.”

But the Israeli government has said the situation is now at a crisis point and closing the border or deporting them back to Egypt may be the only solution.

But the Israeli government has said the situation is now at a crisis point and closing the border or deporting them back to Egypt may be the only solution.

Avishai Braverman, a Knesset member, said: “People heard that Israel may be a haven … [But] we are such a small country, we cannot do that. We have our own problems with our own immigrants.

“You can do certain things, but it’s not in our capacity to solve the problem of all the Sudanese … to say that we can absorb hundreds of thousands when we cannot even take care of our own, that’s a nice world but its unrealistic and unfair.”

To many, those Sudanese seeking refuge in Israel are viewed as a threat to the Jewish identity.

“Israel has an identity challenge,” Schwartz said. “We are a Jewish democracy and this is an example, a perfect example, of the negotiation of these two identities.

“How can you be a democracy with human rights, with values of accepting people from all nations, but you still want to maintain your Jewish identity? … That means always maintaining a Jewish majority.”

With every new arrival, Israel’s dilemma deepens. At the same time, for the Sudanese who make the journey with so much hope, life in Israel now holds an uncertain future.

“To say that we can absorb hundreds of thousands when we cannot even take care of our own, that’s a nice world but its unrealistic and unfair” Avishai Braverman, Israeli Knesset member

Where will they go? Why can’t responsible countries make their home safe so they don’t have to go anywhere? Why is all this allowed to happen, Oil is not at stake? SHAME on the world!

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2 comments to Darfur Refugees – Where Will They Go Now

  • It’s all just a free for all ain’t it? This is another proof that the bush crime family’s crazy “axis of evil” and “global war on terror” were and are just oversimplified and poor rationalizations for the failed imperialist foreign policy the neoconartists have been pushing on the rest of us.

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  • Where will they go? Why can’t responsible countries make their home safe so they don’t have to go anywhere? Why is all this allowed to happen, Oil is not at stake? SHAME on the world!
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    Yes, it’s horrible! I agree with shame on the world!

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