ISRAEL – Work ban to be enforced on Eritrean Christian asylum seekers

What happened to the nation that was commanded to care for the stranger in their midst? Exodus 22:21.

Interior Minister Ayre Dery has said that he will make sure that African asylum seekers who refuse to leave for Uganda or Rwanda are unable to work in Israel.

“If successful, the new policy will enforce a full work ban on any Eritrean asylum seeker who receives a deportation notice but refuses to leave. This law will essentially legalize starvation and homelessness as a punishment for our simply being in Israel.” – reported a Barnabas Fund project partner.

Eritrean Christians
Eritrean Christians

This announcement came just a few days after the Israeli Supreme Court amended a law which would automatically sentence any Eritrean who refuses to leave to indefinite imprisonment in Saharonim prison. Now the Eritreans can only be sentenced to a maximum of two months in prison. The project partner told Barnabas, “Arbitrary imprisonment is so common for the Eritrean people that another two months is not enough to break our spirits.”

About 40,000 African refugees currently live in Israel, mainly Eritreans with a smaller number of Sudanese. Israeli government policy towards them was already harsh, and the planned new work ban for those who refuse to leave will make their lives all but unendurable.

From Barnabas Fund project partner

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