|TRAPPED AT THE BORDER|
Remember the movie EXODUS. It was about a ship of Jewish refugees trying to make it into British controlled Palestine seeking refuge. The British did all they could to keep the refugees out. Eventually, the story turned into to a romanticized view of the birth of the Israeli state and of zionism.
Time for a new movie.
Anyway, fast forward to an Israel today which does all it can to turn back African refugees seeking asylum at the border and when that doesn't work making life as miserable as possible for the asylum seekers....all in violation of international law.
Just a few days ago about 20 Eritrean asylum seekers were stuck and starved in a no man's land between Israel and Egypt, between the border fences. Eventually according to authorities in Israel the refugees agreed to go back to Egypt. What really happened was that the Eritreans were teargassed and forced with metal rods toward the Egyptian border where the border guards said they didn't want the men, but they would take the women...and rape them (ah, in some places the Israeli Jewish State and the Egyptian Muslim can find a place to cooperate). Eventually, the Israeli's decided to take the women and "send the men away."
Israel itself never bothered to officially find out what happened to the migrants who were "sent away." The High Court of Israel ruled against a petition filed by We Are /refugees to find out what happened to the refugees.
From +972 comes the following:
Israeli officials suggested to the press that the 18 men weren’t interested in asylum, only in work, and suggested that they “agreed” to turn themselves over to the Egyptian army. The affidavits of the three detainees, taken separately at the Saharonim detention compound and released to +972 by “We Are Refugees” attorneys, tell a very different story. The fate of the 18 men forcibly returned to the Egyptians remains unknown, and the Prime Minister’s Office has been denying request for comments on their situation and whereabouts.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote in an opinion piece:
This shameful incident cannot be allowed to pass quietly. The authorities must immediately launch a probe into who gave the order to treat the migrants this way - in violation of international refugee law and the international conventions Israel has signed - and punish the guilty parties. The way the High Court of Justice evaded hearing the case - first by postponing the hearing for three days, then by deciding that the issue had become moot - is also very disturbing.
In its treatment of migrants from Africa, Israel is gradually degenerating toward committing crimes against humanity. According to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, such crimes include broad or systematic assaults on a civilian population. The brutal expulsion of 18 Eritreans doesn't meet this definition, but the interior minister's plan to jail tens of thousands of migrants without trial for three years or more might very well be such a crime. The state must stop this degeneration immediately.
It is bad at the border.
Guess what...it doesn't stop there.
The following is from +972.