"You shall not turn over a slave who seeks refuge with you. He shall live with you in any place he may choose, within one of your gates. You must not mistreat him" - Deuteronomy 23:16-17.
In the News
January 29, 2017
40 demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on January 29th to protest President Trump's order to put a temporary ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Protesters' signs included slogans such as, "For you were strangers in the Land of Egypt," likening the history of the Jews in Egypt to the current refugee crisis.
This gathering was organized by Right Now to join in the wave of international protests against President Trump, as well as to protest Prime Minister Netanyahu's support of him. Elliot Glassenburg, co-founder of Right Now, told the Jerusalem Post, "We believe that only by taking a global approach can we truly address the global refugee crisis." He added that he is concerned about Netanyahu's treatment of asylum seekers in Israel, as well as Israeli society's apparent apathy.
A U.S.-Israeli dual citizen Becca Strober also remarked, “Everyone deserves to live with respect and dignity – we should not be closing our doors.”
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December 14, 2016
In an important article published by Haaretz, reporter Ilan Lior highlights the struggles that asylum seekers face in Israel. Approximately 37,000 asylum seekers live in Israel, most of them in south Tel Aviv. About 5 percent of these asylum seekers are being held at the Holot detention center. The High Court of Justice will rule soon "on whether migrants who refuse relocation to a third country can be detained indefinitely." Human rights organizations argue that if asylum seekers are forced to leave, their lives will be in danger and their fundamental rights violated - claims the government rejects. If the High Court rules in favor of the state, Holot will no longer be necessary, because instead of sending asylum seekers there, the state will simply be able to deport them.
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Who We Are
Right Now is an international coalition of Jews and allies advocating for the rights of African asylum seekers in Israel through awareness-raising, direct advocacy, and grassroots campaigns.
Right Now asks Israel to develop an asylum process consistent with the Refugee Convention, one that would respect the dignity of asylum seekers, protect their human rights, and facilitate meaningful and impartial determinations of refugee status by the government of Israel.
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Cover photo by Ellen Livingston