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US News Israel: the fate of Sudanese asylum seekers in question

00:45  29 october  2020
00:45  29 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Sudan and Israel announced last Friday that they were starting negotiations for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Discussions should start with the trade and immigration issues. Statements that raise concern for just over 6,000 Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel who fear they will be forcibly repatriated.

With our correspondent in Jerusalem, Guilhem Delteil

Monim Haroun now lives in a moshav, a farming community, just outside Jerusalem. This young thirty-something fled the violence in Darfur as a child and then lived in the Blue Nile region. There he became politically engaged against the government of Omar al-Bashir.

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“They arrested my brother, they arrested a lot of my friends because they were looking for me. I realized that I couldn't stay any longer. So I left. It was in 2012, "says Monim Haroun.

When he arrived in Israel, like many of his compatriots, Monim Haroun spent several years in prison. Sudanese who arrived illegally in the country are called "infiltrators" by the government. And right-wing leaders make no secret of their desire to use this deal in negotiations to get at least part of this community to leave.

What revolts Monim Haroun, "is a complete denial of ethnic cleansing, of genocide targeting our families and ourselves," he said.

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Like more than 5,000 Sudanese, Anouar Souleiman has applied for asylum. For 7 years, she has gone unanswered. But this man from Darfur wants to be confident. “The deal does not give Israel the right to fire me. It would be contrary to Israeli law, to international law. Because the reasons that make me fear for my life have not disappeared.

Asylum-seekers' support organizations point out that Israel has an obligation to rule on requests for protection before it can consider deportation.

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