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As Israel quietly returns migrants to Sudan, rights groups worry for their safety

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As Israel quietly returns migrants to Sudan, rights groups worry for their safety.
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Israel has quietly repatriated hundreds of Sudanese migrants in recent months, drawing accusations from the United Nations and rights groups that it has coerced the Africans into potentially life-threatening situations and possibly violated international norms for treating refugees. Israel says the departures have been voluntary, but they follow mass arrests of migrants and vows by Israeli leaders to halt the influx. Over the past eight years, as many as 60,000 African migrants, most from Sudan and Eritrea, have sneaked across Israel's border with Egypt's lawless Sinai desert, some fleeing repressive regimes and others looking for work and better conditions. Leaders warn the migrants are a burden and threaten the country's Jewish character. 'No matter how you look at it, it is an expulsion with almost certainty of death,' said Orit Marom, advocacy coordinator for Assaf.

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 I find it amusing that Israel, wannabe natio... by molly cruz on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 3:16:25 PM
If America did this there would be an uproar. Some... by Bill Johnson on Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 10:21:11 AM