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What About Israel’s Refugees?

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The first Global Refugee Forum opened this week in Geneva. Organizations and countries from around the world sent delegates; Israel sent officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority. It is important for Israel to be represented at the conference, since it too is affected by the refugee crisis. It’s highly doubtful, however, that its representatives will speak openly about Israel’s ineptness in dealing with the global refugee crisis.

According to Population and Immigration Authority data, 29,000 asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan live in Israel. Some have been here for over a decade, but their applications for asylum were never approved. They are forced to live here without legal status, devoid of rights and of hope. That, despite the fact that the fence that was installed........

© Haaretz