African asylum seekers prefer jail over deportation to Rwanda

As Israel has begun the process of deporting some 40,000 Africans to Uganda and Rwanda, thousands gathered on Wednesday outside the Rwandan embassy, accusing the government of racism.
Asylum seekers demonstrating outside the Supreme Court Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

Asylum seekers from Africa slated for deportation say they would rather be imprisoned in Israel than sent to Rwanda or Uganda.

Israel recently kicked off the deportation process of some 40,000 Africans by handing out notices to thousands, giving them a choice between leaving Israel voluntarily by March or facing an indefinite prison sentence.

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Rwandan embassy in Hertzliya on Wednesday, holding up signs accusing the government of racism.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed claims that Rwanda would be dangerous to the deportees. There are 180,000 refugees living there with UN sponsorship," Netanyahu said. "So any claim that (Rwanda) is dangerous is a joke."



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