In the past decade, Israeli governments have implemented a series of measures intended to deny asylum seekers access to Israel's legal regime, and in so doing have violated a number of fundamental human rights. In recent years, as a result of the high profile of the Anti-Infiltration Law, public discourse about asylum seekers has focused on issues related to their incarceration. However, the law is but one aspect of a complex policy of segregation, designed to establish and maintain the boundary separating "us" from "them". Analysis by Adv. Yonatan Berman.
The asylum seekers from Sudan, who went through great troubles and hardships before arriving in Israel, some of whom are survivors of the genocide in Darfur, hoped to find a safe haven here. Some managed to begin rehabilitating their lives. They are now forced once more to embark on a journey into the unknown.
An overview of the developments surrounding the Anti-Infiltration Law and the ways Israel has been trying to use it to restrict the basic human rights of the African asylum seekers. The article also reviews the rulings of the Supreme Court justices regarding the abrogation of the fourth amendment to the law.
After having twice overturned the State’s detention policies towards asylum seekers, the High Court was subjected to criticism claiming that the Court's decisions ignored the problems facing residents of neighbourhoods in South Tel Aviv. However, a review of the Court’s ruling shows that the judges did take the situation in southern Tel Aviv into account.