Photo caption: A Sudanese woman is arrested with her children, after being issued with South Sudanese papers. (Credit: RonG LevyZ)
Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel are being issued with documents changing their nationality, allowing them to be removed from the country or imprisoned.
The Bureau has identified migrants who have recently been issued with documents labelling them as South Sudanese – despite holding passports showing they were born in areas that remain in Sudan.
Four migrants from the Republic of Sudan have already been flown from Israel to South Sudan, an entirely different country that was formed last year. The South Sudanese authorities refused to accept them at the border and they were sent back to Tel Aviv.
NGOs estimate that over 100 other Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel may have been issued with the wrong nationality in the past three months, and fear there may be more attempts to remove them to South Sudan.
South Sudan only came into existence in June 2011 after a 21-year civil war. Intense hostilities remain between the newly formed country and the Republic of Sudan, with conflicts regularly breaking out on the border.
Israel is unable to deport people to Sudan as it has no repatriation agreement with Khartoum. But a recent deportation order allows it to deport migrants to the country’s newest neighbour: South Sudan.
But now NGOs based in Israel report that people from the Nuba mountain region of Sudan are being issued with temporary visas stating they are South Sudanese by the Ministry of Interior – which make them eligible for deportation. South Sudanese asylum seekers have been asked to leave Israel voluntarily, but those who do not face imprisonment.
In other news. Fuck Israel.
It might be naive of me, but part of me can’t help thinking that the majority of the generation who survived the Shoah, the Holocaust; who’d be triggered as eff by what’s going on in Israel right now. Who’d be shocked to see their nation acting in this specific manner? Are dead.
Some part of me is just stuck on the cycle of ‘when the abused become the abuser’. On what holds back the abused from becoming an abuser until… what pushes them over. What’s the restraining influence once removed that releases depravity.
But realistically - realistically it isn’t new, is it. All I’d have to do to know that, is speak to Palestinians.
This is Israel. This has ALWAYS been Israel - someone hurt us once, so we’re going to take this corner and make it ours and kick everyone out and lash out at anyone who says we can’t have this corner or that we should remember what it was like NOT to have this corner. This is our turf, we earned it… blah blah blah…
The stamp of the abuser was always there. It changed Israel forever and so many within Israel just don’t care.