Welcome the Stranger: Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers in Israel

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Out of the roughly 60,000 African asylum-seekers who have arrived in Israel, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, only 11 (eleven!) have been granted refugee status over the past 10 years. The rest live in a precarious limbo: Israeli officials, starting at the top with the prime minister, define them as “infiltrators” and refuse to integrate them into Israeli society. Meanwhile, the government’s objective to deport thousands has been curbed by pushback from the Israeli High Court and from domestic and international public opinion.

Joining us on Wednesday, January 8, 12:30pm Eastern time, 9:30am Pacific, to examine this issue and to shed light on this vulnerable and all-too-forgotten community will be two outstanding panelists: Mutasim A. Ali, who co-founded the African Students Organization in Israel and sought asylum there; and Prof. Tally Kritzman-Amir, a senior lecturer of immigration and international law in Israel who is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University.

The conversation will be moderated by Kayla Rothman-Zecher, co-founder of the Coalition for Refugee Women and Children in Israel. A Q&A will be included. Please tune in us for this important webinar!






Tally Kritzman-Amir
Visiting Associate Professor
Harvard University




Mutasim A. Ali
African Students Organization in Israel




Kayla Rothman-Zecher (Moderator)
Coalition for Refugee Women & Children in Israel





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