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The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants is Israel’s leading organization protecting the rights of refugees, migrants workers and victims of human trafficking. For over 15 years Hotline staff and volunteers have been visiting Israel’s immigration detention centers to monitor conditions, meet with detainees and provide paralegal intervention and legal representation. We represent some of the most vulnerable people in Israel and advocate for government policies consistent with a just, equal and democratic Israel.

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“I Believed Israel that I Will Find Shelter in Uganda”

The following is a redacted version of an affidavit that was attached to a petition filed by Israeli human rights NGOs and the Tel Aviv University Refugee Rights’ Clinic against the recently announced policy of indefinitely incarcerating Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers who refuse...
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Which Israel will determine G’s fate?

Protest in front of Saharonim prison,Israel,31.08.2012
By Prof. Naomi Chazan, Hotline for Refugees and Migrants Board member Contemporary Israel is one big bundle of contradictions: it is often as uplifting as it is off-putting; as compassionate as it is oppressive; as humane as it is cruel. Its people display...
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Eritreans in Israel Protest against the Dictatorship in their Homeland


The protests of Eritreans in Israel are impressive not only because Eritreans have no experience in organizing protests. It also takes a great deal of courage to show up for a protest in front of the Eritrean embassy, the arm of the Eritrean dictator in Israel, knowing full well that each and every participant in the protest in filmed and documented by the embassy. Protesting also requires hope – hope that Israel will not deport the protesters to Eritrea as long as the dictatorship that collected their photos still rules.

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