7 thoughts on “Israeli Academics Call for End to Forced Expulsion of African Refugees – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. It is simply unacceptable for us in Israel to be doing this.
    Some of my family who live in Jerusalem are standing with Silverman on this issue but it is more pertinent here in the centre of the country – Tel Aviv.
    It behooves us to find correct avenues to redress this situation which is clearly spoken of in the Torah, ואהבתם הגר – כי גרים הייתם בארץ מצרים and you will love the stranger for you (too) were strangers in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:19

  2. The Sudanese who are in Israel cannot and should not be deported since because their country is now a war zone.
    This is not the case with Eritreans, who are not refugees, but economic migrants. Several European courts have ruled that there is no legal impediment preventing deportation of illegal Eritrean migrants.


    Be that as it may. The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that no migrant or refugee can be deported to a third country against his/her will.


    Richard. Would you consider sponsoring a migrant or migrant family? You could help them find work and lodging in Seattle.

    1. @ Ed: Horse crap, Ed. Eritrea is a dictatorship and in almost constant state of repression or war with neighbors. Ever been on the wrong side of a dictator? I thought not.

      And European courts have no jurisdiction over Israel’s decisions. There is international law which forbids deporting refugees. They are not economic migrants any more than Jews were economic migrants during the Holocaust.

      As for what the Supreme Court said, it’s worth a roll of used toilet paper. Bibi said he’s going to offer a choice between prison or deportation. Does that sound like they have much choice?

      I don’t have a responsibility for solving the mess of Israel’s making. So don’t try to offload this on me. I am totally in favor of supporting refugees wherever they are located including the U.S. And unlike Israel, we are a country composed of refugees and former refugees who at least in part tries to honor our commitments. While we have a president who’s not gotten the message, most of the rest of the country are at least somewhat sympathetic to their plight.

  3. In one post you argue for Palestinians right of return. In the 2nd, you call them refugees. Make up your mind.
    There is no parallel unless you argue most Palestinians arrived to mandatory Palestine only in let’s say the 20th century. I doubt that’s your belief.

    1. @ Ariel Koren: What do you think happens to someone expelled from their homeland? They become refugees. That is what expelled Palestinians and their direct descendants are. LIke all refugees, they seek to return home, to Israel.

  4. ‘…It’s worth noting that none of these statements, as laudable as they are, mention another critical historical example of Israel expelling refugees: the Nakba…’

    The distinction would be that while Israel could retain her African immigrants as an ornament and evidence of her progressivism and general right thinking at relatively little cost, admitting the reality and injustice of the Nakba would seriously call into question the whole rationale for the Jewish state.

    The one would be an affordable gesture, the other wouldn’t be.

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