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Israel issues temporary residence permits to 1,000 Sudanese refugees

Israel (bbabo.net) - A ten-year legal battle between the Israeli Ministry of Internal Affairs and Sudanese refugees from Darfur ended today with a verdict in favor of the refugees by the District Court of the Central District. The judges ordered the Interior Ministry to grant temporary status to 1,000 asylum seekers, meaning health insurance and social rights, until the agency considers their requests for refugee status submitted years ago, Haaretz reported.

We are talking about refugees from areas of ongoing conflict between Arab nomads and dark-skinned tribes, where thousands of dark-skinned Africans have been killed in brutal ethnic massacres over the past twenty years, and about a million have fled to neighboring countries. A small part of them entered Israel illegally across the border with Egypt, accompanied by Bedouin smugglers.

Darfur and two other regions of Sudan were recognized as a zone of genocide, all countries that signed the Geneva Convention on Refugees are obliged to provide asylum to its residents who fled the massacre, and the Israeli Ministry of Internal Affairs does not reject requests for status submitted by such refugees - it simply does not consider them for years and decades , without deporting refugees, but leaving them in the position of powerless “permitted illegals.”

In April 2021, the Supreme Court decided that this policy could not continue and ordered the state to either provide refugees with legal status or find any other solution by December 30, 2021, including a legal route for their deportation to other countries. According to the High Court of Justice verdict, if the government fails to meet the deadline, all asylum seekers who arrived in Israel before June 2017 will be granted temporary resident status until a decision is made on their asylum requests.

In pursuance of this decision, the High Court of Justice of the Central District ordered the Ministry of Internal Affairs to issue temporary residence permits, allowing them to obtain health insurance and social rights, to all refugees from the genocide zones in Sudan who applied to the Ministry of Internal Affairs before December 31, 2022 and did not receive a response within the one-year period established by law.

Israel issues temporary residence permits to 1,000 Sudanese refugees