23 Oct 2013
Since 2006, About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel on harrowing treks across the Sinai Desert fleeing poverty, persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide. As refugee camps across Africa fill up and Europe closes its gates to asylum seekers, Israel became the next best option -- accessible by land and said to be a developed democracy. But instead of providing them with safe haven, Israel is both refusing to grant them any benefits and denying them the ability to work legally to support themselves. Faced with poverty and exploitation, a new nightmare unfolded -- growing protests and rallies on the streets of Israel against Africans.
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Editor's Note: For more, visit David Sheen's blog Anti-African Racism in Israel.