Thousands of African Migrants Demand Right to Stay in Israel
More than 10,000 of Israel’s African migrants have been protesting for days to demand recognition as refugees and the right to work legally without fear of detention. The migrants’ request for asylum and work privileges is stoking a tense political debate in Israel, itself a byproduct of refugees fleeing inhumane conditions. Prime Minister Netanyahu argues that the migrants are mostly illegal job-seekers and a threat to Israel’s Jewish fabric. Israel reportedly accepts less than one percent of refugee requests, and the government has recently passed a law allowing indefinite detention of migrants.