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Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Israel - A Safe Haven Comprehensive Report and Position Paper on Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, September 2003

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Israel - A Safe Haven Comprehensive Report and Position Paper on Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, September 2003

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Comprehensive report and position paper on refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. September 2003.

Comprehensive report and position paper on refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. September 2003.

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Israel - A Safe Haven?
Problems in the Treatment Offeredby the State of Israelto Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Report and Position Paper 
September 2003
Writing and research:
Anat Ben-Dor and Rami Adut
Editing:
Anat Ben-Dor 
Research assistants on foreign law:
Michael Geigel and Alice Cohen
Translation from Hebrew:
Dr. Rahel Rimon
 
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Graphics & Design:
Gafrouri Dafdefet 03-5620470, dafdefet@bezeqint.net
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
We especially thank the
Minerva Center for Human Rights
atTel Aviv University, whose support enabled us to conduct this study.The Public Interest Law Resource Center was established thanks to thegenerous support of the
Ford Foundation.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel’s study was enabled through thesupport of the following organizations:
the Ford Foundation, the NewIsrael Fund and the Rich Fund, Conanima.
Acknowledgements:
To Adv. Keren Dahari, a volunteer for Amnesty International in Israel,who offers free legal assistance and advocacy on behalf of refugees inIsrael;To Adv. Michal Aharoni, Adv. Dana Alexander, Adv. Yael Stein, Dr.Eyal Gross and Dr. Yishai Blank for their useful comments;To Michael Geigel and Alice Cohen for the comprehensive research onforeign law which they carried out on our behalf;To the staff of the Israeli Correspondent of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and to Adv. Zvi Rish for providing us with essentialinformation;To refugees and asylum seekers who shared their personal stories withus.
 
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Cover Pictures
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.

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