An NGO has launched a campaign calling on Israeli pilots not to man flights that send asylum seekers from Africa back to dangerous war zones.

Asylum seekers demonstrating outside the Supreme Court

Asylum seekers demonstrating outside the Supreme Court Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

An online campaign is calling for Israeli pilots to refuse to fly asylum seekers to dangerous African countries, amid reports that the Israeli government is planning to deport tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan to Rwanda.

The campaign, launched by the NGO Zizim Community Action, calls on the public to send letters to the Israel Aviation Association and the Israel Pilots Association, which together include all the pilots in Israel, requesting that pilots do not man flights slated to fly asylum seekers from Africa out of Israel.

“Throughout the world, citizens are fighting cruel expulsion decrees and stand alongside refugees and asylum-seekers,” Raluca Gena, the CEO of Zizim Community Action, said in a statement. “This is a test for the Israeli public to determine the fate of tens of thousands of people.”