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Thousands of asylum Seekers protest at Rwanda’s embassy in Israel against their deportation

Thousands of people have demonstrated outside the Rwandan embassy in Herzliya against the government’s plan to deport African asylum seekers from Israel on Wednesday.

The crowd mainly made up of  asylum seekers along with dozens of Israelis, brandished signs saying that recognizing refugees is a moral duty, with quotes such as “we’re not for sale.”

Thomas, 29, an Eritrean called up on Rwanda government to refuse to cooperate with deportation from Israel. “We are human beings. They can’t buy us,” he said.

“We aren’t in need of a state, we’re in need of human rights there are no human rights in Rwanda either. It’s better to go to jail. I have heard a lot about Rwanda. People go missing there.” He added

Protesters at demonstration against Israel’s plan to deport African asylum seekers on February 7th, 2018. Credit:Moti Milrod

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Arye Dery tweeted on Wednesday morning that “In contrast to the fake news, there is no danger to the labor infiltrators we are deporting to third countries.”

Haartez has learnt that asylum seekers already sent to Rwanda claim that upon their arrival, their documents are seized. At first, they are housed in a well-to-do area, but after a few days pressure to leave the country mounted to illegally journey in Uganda.

Overall, earlier on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely admitted Israel is not able to do a follow up of people sent to Rwanda and Uganda.

Rwanda denies there is no existence of contract between both countries related to the deportation of asylum seekers. However, President Paul Kagame said Rwanda will receive asylum seekers in accordance with international law while at Davos, Switzerland.

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