Migrant aid groups to shun Knesset session (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 05.28.12, 18:12)
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Heads of six human rights organizations say they will not attend
meeting on issue of migrants. ´These sessions are nothing but a
platform to spew inciting statements against asylum seekers,
activists,´ they write in letter to Knesset speaker
Amid growing protest against the presence of illegal migrants in
Israel, six heads of human rights organizations and refugee aid
groups on Monday announced that they plan to shun a Knesset session
scheduled to be held on Tuesday.
The session, which was called by the Knesset´s Internal Affairs and
Environment Committee, is expected to deal with different aspects of
the phenomenon, including violence among infiltrators and police
In a letter signed by the heads of the Association of Civil Rights
for Israel (ACRI), Hotline for Migrant Workers, Kav LaOved (Worker´s
Hotline), Assaf, Physicians for Human Rights and Amnesty
International- Israel, it said: "Following the unruly incitement
against asylum seekers and human rights activists by members of
Knesset, we decided not to attend the session to which we were
"During the past sessions we learned that these meeting are nothing
more than a platform to spew incitement against asylum seekers and
activists by Knesset members, including those who initiated the
upcoming meeting (MK Danny Danon and MK Miri Regev)."
´Fanning fear and hatred´
The letter added that "instead of adopting solutions that will reduce
the problems and cool down the spirits, we are hearing provocative
statements that are fanning fear and hatred. We are choosing not to
serve as the background props in this charade, and therefore will not
take part in the meeting."
The authors of the letter thanked Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin for
expressing disapproval over the harsh statements made recently
against migrants, and noted that they are joining other MKs in
demanding that the government forms a policy to deal with the
"The current policy prevents asylum seekers from seeking employment,
pushing them into poverty and distress, and encourages exploitation.
As a result, concentrations of asylum seekers have formed in
economically weak areas, where they can afford to find shelter.
"We believe that there are solutions," the managers noted, "The
government must allow asylum seekers to work, and give them access to
medical services. These steps would help them break out of the misery
cycle, and would ease the burden on these neighborhoods.
"Resources must be invested into these neighborhoods in order to
improve the infrastructure for all their residents. Alongside these
steps, there must be a genuine process to examine the asylum
petitions and issue refugee statuses to those entitled," the letter
said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/28/12)
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