Israel detains Darfur refugees in desert 'prison'

The opening of a detention camp in Israel Sunday to hold Sudanese refugees has provoked anguished debate within the Jewish state.

Israel detains Darfur refugees in desert 'prison'
The opening of a detention camp in Israel Sunday to hold Sudanese refugees has provoked anguished debate within the Jewish state.

Israel, founded as a place of refuge for Holocaust survivors, is struggling with whether to offer sanctuary to nearly 1,000 predominately Muslim Sudanese refugees, one-third of them from war-ravaged Darfur, reported The Sunday Telegraph.

Many of the refugees found their way into Israel after fleeing to Egypt, where they said they endured regular police raids and routine beatings.

Now Israel plans to house them in a remote, desert prison-like complex, similar to those used to house Jews who fled to Palestine after World War II.

The refugees deserve better, said Avner Shalev, a prominent Israeli who heads the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Keeping them in detention camps, he said, "is out of the question."

Authorities said the camp is needed to sort refugees with a legitimate claim from those who have entered Israel illegally and are destined to be sent back to Egypt.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2007, 01:19
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