Former Prime Minister MenachemBegin visits Vietnamese refugeesabsorbed into Israel by his ordersin 1980
. Photographer: HermanChanania, Governmental Press Office.The Vietnamese refugees were notconsidered ‘convention refugees’and were absorbed as result of aspecial Government decision. Theyreceived special medical insurance,“pocket money”, and accommodationarrangements in Israel. All of themeventually received residency statusand some were integrated into Israelisociety. See Chapter 1, Section B.
Kurds on a bus back to Lebanon.
Photographer: Yaron Kaminski. The picture presents one of the Kurdishgroups that crossed the Israel-Lebanon border in 2001 and asked for political asylum. In this casethey were rapidly deported, withouthaving their request examined byanyone, including the UN HighCommissioner for Refugees. The picture is courtesy of Ha’aretz dailynewspaper and the photographer.See also Chapter 1, Section B.
Ethiopian and Eritrean Refugeeson hunger strike.
Photographer:Wondwossen Hailu, one of the refugees.In August 2002 approximately 20Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees held asit-in and went on hunger strike. After waiting for nearly two years they wererecognized as ‘convention refugees’ by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. However, the Minister of Interior, Eli Yishai, and the civilservants of his office delayed in every possible way the confirmation of their status and rights. After 23 days inunbearable heat and after receiving aguarantee that their matters would beaddressed and discussed thoroughly bythe Advisory Committee, the refugeesstopped the strike. See annex C.