This petition was created in January, 2014 in solidarity with the African asylum seekers who have been marching and demonstrating for their rights in the streets of Israel over the past couple of months. Join us in urging the Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister of Interior Gideon Saar, and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer to cease all detention of asylum seekers without due process and to provide them with a real, transparent, and fair Refugee Status Determination procedure, one that assesses each individual's claim and provides protections and support for refugees in line with the 1951 Refugee Convention of which Israel is a signatory.
Many Israelis have expressed solidarity by marching with and supporting the asylum seekers, but they need our help, the help of the Jews in the Diaspora and of any and all individuals who believe in human rights. They need us to show the Israeli government how much we care about Israel's commitment to refugee rights and humanity.
“You must not deport to his master a slave who seeks refuge with you from his master...you must not mistreat him” (Deuteronomy 23:16).
Note: Please feel free to add comments with more of your opinion or personal background and relationship to this issue. We will send the comments with the petitions to the recipients as well. If you are Jewish, we encourage you to note that in the comments so that the Israeli government becomes more aware that Jews in the Diaspora care about this issue. The petition is open to anyone from all backgrounds and locations to sign. Thank you!
International Petition in Solidarity with African Asylum Seekers in Israel
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, Interior Minister Gideon Saar, and Ambassador Ron Dermer,
I am writing to express my solidarity with the African asylum seekers in Israel. I am appalled by the decisions of the Israeli government to not comply with the Refugee Convention, to ignore the basic needs of a population of asylum seekers, and to detain people without due process, many of whom have been trafficked, tortured, or have escaped genocide. Israel has obligations as to how it treats these people both as a democracy and as a country founded on the Jewish values of human dignity, human rights, and respect for the other. I support the African asylum seekers’ demands that Israel provide them with a fair, transparent, and real Refugee Status Determination procedure in which each individual's claim is assessed and that Israel provide protections and support for refugees in line with the 1951 Refugee Convention of which Israel is a signatory. Asylum seekers deserve a fair chance at a good life, just the same as the Jewish people deserved a fair chance in the countries they ended up in worldwide as refugees and asylum seekers throughout our history.