"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
September 29, 2016
Mutasim Ali, the first Sudanese asylum seeker granted refugee status in Israel, was recently awarded the Gallanter Prize. The Gallanter Prize is given every year to an emerging Israeli social justice leader. Ali fled to Israel after the Sudanese military destroyed his village. While in Israel, he spent 14 months in the Holot detention center. Despite being detained, Ali arose as a leader of the asylum seeker community. He served and continues to serve as the Executive Director of the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) in Tel Aviv.
To hear Mutasim Ali's speech, Click Here
August 17, 2016
Within the past several weeks, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the decision to cancel soldiers' volunteering activities with children of asylum seekers. His decision was due to pressure from right-wing activists, as well as his idea that soldiers should not volunteer with a population "not residing [in Israel] lawfully."
Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was quick to criticize his successor stating that "it is our obligation to assist the weak and needy in our society." Ya'alon went on to say that "it is a pity" national leadership is trying to divide Israeli society.
Despite Lieberman's decision, an IDF unit still requested to volunteer with the children.
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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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