“…these people really, for the most part, immigrated to Israel starting in 2006. And then in 2010 you have the masses coming in, fleeing persecution, ethnic cleansings in Sub-Saharan Africa. They’re fleeing all over, and countries are taking them in. In Israel you have these 50,000, 60,000. Now, when they first arrived, the government didn’t want to outright deport them because that would just look so horrible on its human rights record, to send them back to the horrors they fled from. So instead it allowed them in but immediately started making their lives miserable, according to the interior ministerthat’s his wordsin orderso that they would just eventually give up and go back to the places they came from, to self-deport, so to speak.”
Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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