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  1. I like the idea, now how about you get the US (Egypt, UN, EU, etc.) on that sheet of music?

    Comment by Myriam Obadia — January 16, 2014 @ 9:42 AM

  2. Maybe they not only wanted to be safe by crossing the Egyptian border, but also wanted work and food. Which in turn made them continue their journey to the land that flows with milk and honey. Give them work! Besides, you’ll need their husbands and children in your military very soon.

    Comment by Tim Linley — January 16, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

  3. it is good idea i like that

    Comment by Aman Tesfalem — January 16, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

  4. they dont have t grant anything

    Comment by Gisele Pincus — January 16, 2014 @ 2:01 PM

  5. Just to bad.

    Comment by Mary Bartle Freeman — January 16, 2014 @ 2:43 PM

  6. UNHCR, the US Government, and Jewish refugee organizations like HIAS are clear, an asylum seeker may not be deported and their claim for asylum cannot be rejected because he or she has passed through a third country.

    This is even more clear when the third country has not been safe for the asylum seeker. According to UNHCR, the US Government, and many NGOs (Egyptian, Israeli, and from elsewhere in the world), thousands of African asylum seekers were kidnapped, tortured, and many raped, before their captors released them at the Israeli border once a hefty ransom was paid by their families.Egypt has also returned asylum seekers where they face danger in gross violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

    UNHCR said this past week: “Asylum-seekers are being labeled as ‘infiltrators,’ illegal work infiltrators or economic migrants without necessarily taking into account the reasons of why they had to flee from their country of origin. While it is correct that not every asylum-seeker is indeed a refugee, in light of their countries of origin, the majority are either refugees in the sense of the 1951 Refugee Convention or, at the very least, in need of international protection and cannot be returned to their home country….[Israel should allow the Africans proper access to] refugee status determination (RSD), irrespective of the location of their residence in Israel. At this stage, only a small number have gone through the RSD process while the majority – particularly Eritreans and Sudanese outside detention – were granted an imperfect form of temporary protection. It is important to note that asylum-seekers from Eritrea and Sudan show high recognition rates in other countries (in Europe, the recognition rates are more than 70%).”

    Comment by Joshua Bloom — January 16, 2014 @ 2:39 PM

  7. Israel is a small country, about the size of Wales U.K. and has enough problems without taking on other countries as well. If they are genuine asylum seekers, then they should be allowed to stay until places can be found for them in an African country that will not persecute them.

    Comment by Sylvie Schapira — January 16, 2014 @ 3:35 PM

  8. good I idea I support the comment of Joshua bloom

    Comment by Tesfalasie Okubu — January 16, 2014 @ 6:03 PM

  9. apparently, arab and african countries are not where these folks want to be. hmm. i wonder why not. let's ask them and let the world hear their answers.

    Comment by Judith Grayson — January 16, 2014 @ 8:39 PM

  10. Thank you Joshua

    Comment by Meron Estefanos — January 17, 2014 @ 7:35 AM

  11. Well said Joshua Bloom!

    Comment by Michael Teklay — January 17, 2014 @ 7:45 AM

  12. Thank you Joshua..for..standing.up..for..the..weak.!!

    Comment by Habrom Jigna — January 17, 2014 @ 9:08 AM

  13. Judith Grayson to ask such silly question it sounds that you are sleeping. They spoke enough about their problems. Please take a look Joshua Bloom's thought. The world needs people like Joshua Bloom who thinks broadly, kindly, and stands for truth. God bless these people. Bless you too to be like these people. Wake up Judith Grayson it is not too late to think right.

    Comment by Huruy Teklab — January 17, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

  14. ane gn fliy zbele hasa aleni beza adrashay rkebuni hto aleni melsi zedliyo

    Comment by Yeabyo Habtetsion — January 17, 2014 @ 4:09 PM

  15. thank you joshua

    Comment by Yonas Gebrehawariat — January 17, 2014 @ 10:49 PM

  16. One day, after the dust settles all of our African brothers and sisters will return to the heavens of Africa, leaving behind the deserts of eternal violence, and live happily ever after…and our grand children will remember the history books…just like the rest us are taught about what happened to our parents and grand parents

    Comment by Selamawi Ezuz — January 18, 2014 @ 4:05 AM

  17. Wow!

    Comment by Shirley Rodecker — January 18, 2014 @ 6:40 AM

  18. hiii

    Comment by zaki — January 18, 2014 @ 2:38 PM

  19. Me too! Joshua Bloom always has great comments.

    Comment by Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg — January 19, 2014 @ 9:22 PM

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