Tel Aviv is no haven for asylum seekers – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

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For many refugees and asylum seekers, Israel is considered a last resort destination

Tel Aviv is no haven for asylum seekers

by Charlotte Silver

Al Jazeera English

African refugees going to Israel take a harrowing journey to get there – only to be left to fend for themselves.

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2012 11:02

Ramallah, West Bank – The notion of a “Jewish and democratic state”, never a feasible reality, continues to unravel as its inherent racism is revealed in a new way. Any political discussion of refugees that are of the wrong ethnicity inevitably refers to African migration to Israel as an “existential threat”. Labelling these refugees as “threats” allows the state to criminalise and imprison them. Meanwhile, the country continues to solicit immigrants from East Asia to fulfil the need for cheap labour, and Jewish immigrants to battle the internal demographic war.

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