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Israel’s Bureaucratic Trick Against Asylum Seekers

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The other day the Population and Immigration Authority said it was reexamining 1,500 asylum requests by Sudanese from the Darfur, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. The authority admitted that the interviews it had conducted were “not in-depth enough for making a decision on a request for political asylum,” and that additional material was needed – also considering the great amount of time since these interviews took place.

This statement shouldn’t be viewed as any soul-searching by the authorities or a change for the better at the Interior Ministry and its Population Authority, which so far have rejected Israel’s commitments to international agreements. This admission of failure and the re-examination of requests are simply another bureaucratic maneuver designed to keep delaying the approval of requests.

The Population Authority’s........

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