26 | 02 | 2020

A heated discussion erupted on Monday, January 29, during a meeting of a Knesset committee on the pending deportation of African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel. Speaking before the Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection Committee, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said that an unnamed country has agreed to receive African refugees who are to be forcefully deported from Israel.

 

During the heated debate, six opposition MKs were removed from the hall – Stav Shaffir, Merav Michaeli, Oren Hazan, Michal Rozin, Issawi Frej and Tamar Zandberg – as was an activist from south Tel Aviv, Shula Keshet, who is fighting against the planned deportation.

Communist MK Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List) said during...

A proposal has been submitted by opposition MKs Aida Touma-Suleiman (Hadash – Joint List), Eyal Ben Reuven (Zionist Union) and Michal Rozin (Meretz) regarding the state authorities’ handling of African asylum seekers, and rejecting the government’s plans to indiscriminately deport all such persons. The authors of the proposal note how recent publications indicate that the...

For more than a week, the Israeli military has been severely restricting access to and from the Palestinian village of Hizma in the West Bank, apparently in response to stone-throwing along a nearby road. Soldiers have been deployed at all entrances to the village, and physical roadblocks have been put in place barring vehicular access.

At various points during this time, only registered...

The Knesset Education, Sports and Culture Committee approved on Wednesday, January 24, the first reading of a bill that would grant the Council for Higher Education authority over higher “academic” institutions located in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The bill was initiated by committee chairman MK Ya’acov Margi (Shas) and MK Shuli...

The Rwandan government denied on Tuesday, January 23, the existence of a secret deal to receive African asylum-seekers forcibly deported from Israel. The far-right Israeli government informed Israel’s Supreme Court about the agreement with Rwanda in November, after the approval by the Knesset of an amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law, which stipulated that African refugees and...

Survivors of the Holocaust who live in Israel have joined calls against the deportation from the country of African asylum seekers. Speaking to the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, some of these survivors have suggested that they bear a responsibility to emulate the behavior of the “Righteous among the Nations,” Gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews from deportation to Nazi...

The 13 MKs of the Joint List will not attend the address to be delivered today (Monday, January 22) before the Knesset by US Vice President Mike Pence, faction Chairman Hadash MK Ayman Odeh announced Saturday on Twitter. In a tweet, Odeh called Pence dangerous because of his “messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region” and said his entire parliamentary bloc...

Thirty-five prominent Israeli authors sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, January 18, calling on him not to deport asylum-seekers. “We call on you to stop the deportation of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, men and women carrying horrific scars on their bodies and souls from their journey and from torture camps in Sinai, and children born in Israel who are...

For the first time, the Council for Higher Education (CHE) has appointed someone to be responsible for preventing sexual harassment, CHE representatives told the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women. Sigal Mordoch, an assistant to the deputy head of the CHE, will be in charge of dealing with issues relating to sexual harassment.

The Knesset committee held its third...

For the seventh consecutive Saturday evening, thousands flooded Tel Aviv’s central Rothschild Boulevard on January 13 to protest against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government. Once again, Netanyahu opponents joined hands under the banner of the “March of Shame” and called for an end to the corruption of the right-wing government.

The demonstration took the form of...

Distressed by the far-right government’s decision to begin the massive deportations of Africans in March, MKs Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List), Michal Rozin (Meretz), and Eyal Ben-Reuven (Labor) announced a special emergency conference on refugees and asylum-seekers in the Knesset for next Wednesday, January 17.

The conference will include civil-society organizations, academics...

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