Human rights attorney Avigdor Feldman appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday demanding a court order to prevent the deportation of African asylum seekers. In the appeal, Feldman requested to delay the deportation until there is evidence that the asylum seekers are being sent of their own free will to to a country that will guarantee their personal safety.







African asylum seekers protesting

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An Israeli attorney has appealed to the Supreme Court demanding a conditional decree to prevent the deportation of African asylum seekers until there is evidence that they are being sent of their own free will, to a country that will guarantee their personal safety. In his appeal, attorney Avigdor Feldman, a human rights lawyer, demanded that law enforcement stop searching for and arresting asylum seekers until the appeal is discussed by the court justices.

Feldman, a son of Holocaust survivors and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, emphasized that while Israeli legislation does not mention anything concerning asylum-seeking refugees, Jewish law does. The attorney brought up Israel’s moral principles as a Jewish and democratic state as arguments for his appeal.

Furthermore, after an online campaign called for Israeli pilots to refuse to fly asylum seekers to African countries amid reports that the government planned to deport tens of thousands to Rwanda, several El Al pilots recently announced on social media that they will not participate in any mass deportation of asylum seekers.

According to Israel’s Interior Ministry, there are over 35,000 African migrants and asylum seekers in the country. Most of them are Eritreans who live in southern Tel Aviv. As previously reported by JOL, the Rwandan government has officially denied that it will take in the African migrants and asylum seekers that Israel plans to deport. However, Rwanda said it is prepared to help any and all Africans in need of a temporary or permanent home.