March 9: Israel’s war on African asylum-seekers with David Sheen

Israel’s war on African asylum-seekers: Non-white and non-Jewish, Israel seeks to expel the ‘wrong kind’ of refugees
Speaker: David Sheen
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, RM. 1700
Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 2:00 – 4:00pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/437858019675716/

sheenwebDavid Sheen has covered the plight of African refugees in Israel for Ha´aretz, Mondoweiss, The Daily Beast, Open Democracy, Al Jazeera and the electronic Intifada as well as being featured on news reports in the Huffington Post, CBC, CTV and France24.

He currently lives in Dimona, the home of the African Hebrew Israelites, and is working on a book about Israel’s treatment of Africans, Jewish and non-Jewish, past and present.
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Starting in 2006, out of the millions of sub-Saharan Africans that have fled ethnic cleansing, political persecution and environmental collapse on the continent, 60,000 have sought refuge in Israel. The Israeli government let most of them in, hesitant to be seen as outright forcing refugees back to the horrors they fled from. But to ensure that they would leave as soon as possible, the government conducted a campaign to incite racial hatred against them, passed laws to criminalize them and is now rounding them up off the city streets and incarcerating them in what can be accurately described as a desert concentration camp. The government openly admits that its objective is to “make their lives miserable” so that they will relent and agree to self-deport.

Starting in 2006, out of the millions of sub-Saharan Africans that have fled ethnic cleansing, political persecution and environmental collapse on the continent, 60,000 have sought refuge in Israel. The Israeli government let most of them in, hesitant to be seen as outright forcing refugees back to the horrors they fled from. But to ensure that they would leave as soon as possible, the government conducted a campaign to incite racial hatred against them, passed laws to criminalize them and is now rounding them up off the city streets and incarcerating them in what can be accurately described as a desert concentration camp. The government openly admits that its objective is to “make their lives miserable” so that they will relent and agree to self-deport.

Sponsors: Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Independent Jewish Voices Canada- Vancouver, Seriously Free Speech Committee, United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel

 

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