Thursday, July 2, 2015   

Africans on the march in Israel demanding asylum amid UN condemnation of harsh Tel Aviv policies
(01-06 18:03)

Thousands of African migrants in Israel are marching to the embassies of the United States and European countries to demand work rights and better treatment from the government.
On Sunday, the UNHCR representative Walpurga Englbrecht said in a statement, th refugee agency was “particularly disquieted about the purpose of the so-called 'open' residence facility in Holot which, in its current form and despite its designation as `open,' would appear to operate as a detention center from where there is no release. This means in effect indefinite detention.'' The reference was o a detention facility.
The protesters in Monday's march in Tel Aviv say they seek asylum in Israel and demand the government end a crackdown that could result in their incarceration.
The migrants, some of whom are menial laborers in Israel, have been on a three-day strike. More than 10,000 migrants rallied on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of Africans have trekked through neighboring countries to reach Israel in recent years.
The influx sparked tensions with locals who blame them for rising crime and a change of the Jewish identity in some neighborhoods.
Many migrants fled oppression at home, hoping for a better life in Israel.--AP

   
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