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New Israel Fund's Project for African Refugees could use our support. I know you know, but the details go something like this: Post-Shoah, Israel was a drafter of the UN Convention on Refugees, which, in short, states that any refugee … Read More

By / December 25, 2007

New Israel Fund's Project for African Refugees could use our support. I know you know, but the details go something like this: Post-Shoah, Israel was a drafter of the UN Convention on Refugees, which, in short, states that any refugee or anyone looking for asylum won't be returned to a country where they face danger. So, even though Israel help draft this and signed off on it, there's no real policy in Israel in terms of how refugees are handled. Which is bad at any time, but in the last few years, with militia groups joining military units in Sudan and subsequently killing people in the Darfur region, and said people looking to find a safe place to simply live, a ton of these people fled to Egypt, but faced racial/religious persecution there. So, what would you do? Sneak into Israel. So, well, you can see where this is going.

So, at the moment, there are about two thousand Sudanese refugees in Israel and about a third are from the Darfur region, and about another two thousand people hoping for asylum from other African countries. And, they need some help. (Read the NIF's position paper which explains all of this in greater detail here.)

The NIF organized a coalition involving ARDC (African Refugees Center), ASAF (Organization for Psychological Aid to Refugees and Asylum-Seekers), Physicians for Human Rights, various student organizations, Tel Aviv University Clinic for Refugee, Amnesty International and the Hotline for Migrant Workers.

Watch a video here. Hit the site, click around, see ways to get involved on this issue, and consider supporting this important organization with a financial donation.