Israel to African refugees: You’re not welcome here (ስደተኛታት ኤርትራውያን ኣብ እስራኤል ኣብ ሕማቅ ኩነታት ኣለዉ።)

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TEL AVIV, Israel — In a dusty detention center in Israel’s Negev desert, Tomas Yomani, an asylum seeker from Eritrea in East Africa, has been biding his time for nine months while under the watch of Israeli guards.

Yomani, 30, can’t work because the nearest city is hours away. And if he misses roll call taken three times a day, he could be deported to another African country and risk personal danger eight years after he fled Eritrea because of human rights abuses.

“I live in fear always,” he told USA TODAY in a phone interview from the camp, called Holot, or “sands” in Hebrew. “I left my country because I was afraid of being imprisoned, and now I am imprisoned again.”

Thousands of African asylum seekers like Yomani face grim choices: Stay in Israel, where they are safe but with limited freedom, or agree to Israel’s relocation program that sends refugees to Rwanda or Uganda to face more persecution and danger.

“Israel is a democratic country. I didn’t think it should be this way,” Yomani lamented.

Israel’s treatment of African refugees has come under attack from local human rights groups, who say a country founded by Jewish refugees persecuted during World War II should be more understanding of the asylum seekers’ plight.

“The entire world is dealing with millions of refugees. It’s baseless for Israel, a developed country, to claim that it cannot take its part in carrying the burden,” said Dror Sadot, spokesperson for the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, an Israeli human rights group. Government officials “refuse to recognize (the Africans’) existence,” she said.

Israel has granted asylum to only nine Africans refugees, one of the lowest acceptance rates among industrialized democracies, according to Sadot.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported in October that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a deal with Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the U.N. in September to deport African migrants from Israel to Rwanda. The alleged agreement drew a sharp rebuke from the country’s human rights groups.

The Israeli government refused to comment on the report, but Netanyahu referred to the arrangement in September when he told a cabinet meeting, “In my visits to Africa and conversations with African leaders, I have created a base of countries willing to absorb these infiltrators.”

Israel has “the right, as in every country, to supervise our borders and remove anyone who is here illegally,” Netanyahu said. He added that Africans who have arrived in recent years “posed a real threat to the future of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”

A bodega is seen in south Tel Aviv owned by Ethiopian

African refugees who are Jewish are granted automatic asylum in Israel, as are Jews from anywhere in the world. In the past, Israel has granted citizenship to many Jews from Ethiopia and other African countries.

The current African asylum seekers are overwhelmingly Muslims and Christians from Eritrea and Sudan who chose Israel because of its geographical proximity and reputation as a liberal democracy.

In addition to the several thousand Africans living in the desert detention center, nearly 40,000 African migrants live in Israel, but with no guarantee they can stay long term.

Since they are not Jewish, they are not citizens and are denied access to free health care. Their children, many of whom were born in Israel, are not granted Israeli passports and must attend separate schools. Last May, Israel required that 20% of asylum seekers’ salaries be deposited into a fund that would be released to them only if they relocate.

The asylum seekers, most escaping genocide in Sudan or repression in Eritrea, first arrived to Israel in 2006 after crossing Egypt’s Sinai Desert. The influx largely stopped when Israel completed building a high-tech fence along its 150-mile border with Egypt in 2013.

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in August that the government can legally deport African migrants willing to relocate to another safe country but could not continue to detain migrants who refused to relocate for more than two months.

In September, Netanyahu again denounced African asylum seekers as “illegal infiltrators,” as he posed with elderly residents of South Tel Aviv, where thousands of African migrants live. He promised to “return the area” to its Israeli residents.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Israel has arranged for more than 2,000 African asylum seekers to resettle in Canada and several hundred others to go to the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States and other Western countries.

Helen Kidane, an asylum seeker who is director of the Eritrean Women’s Community Center in Tel Aviv, deplored efforts to force asylum seekers to leave.

“What they don’t understand is that we’re here to save our life,” said Kidane, who has a 4-year-old daughter born here. “On one hand, we can’t leave here, but on the other, we’ve all given up.”

28 killed in rare protests in Eritrea, opposition group says AFP.

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 28 people have been killed in rare protests in the capital of Eritrea, one of the world’s most reclusive nations, an official with the largest Eritrean opposition group said Wednesday.

Another more than 100 people were injured in the protests in Asmara that began on Monday and escalated on Tuesday, spokesman Nasredin Ali with the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization told The Associated Press, citing sources on the ground in Eritrea. The group is based in neighboring Ethiopia.

The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea late Tuesday reported gunfire “at several locations in Asmara due to protests” and advised U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area. The statement did not say why the protests occurred.

Nasredin’s claims of deaths and injuries could not be independently verified. He said the demand by Eritrea’s government to control a Muslim community school in Asmara led to the clashes.

“Following the refusal to hand over the school, some 40 people were arrested and this led to the massive protests,” he said, adding that Asmara was tense on Wednesday as a funeral ceremony took place. “The army is bringing forces from outside the capital.”

Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel downplayed the reports of unrest, saying on Twitter that “small demonstration by one school in Asmara dispersed without any casualty hardly breaking news.”

Eritrean officials at the African Union mission in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, were not immediately available for comment.

The small East African nation is a major source of migrants arriving in Europe. Its government has long faced criticism by human rights advocates over its harsh military conscription laws. The government has denied allegations of abuses.

According to a State Department report in 2016 on international religious freedom, roughly half of Eritrea’s population is Sunni Muslim and the country’s government includes Sunni Islam as one of four officially registered religious groups. Other practices of Islam are banned. The report also says religious education is allowed in private schools but religious groups are prohibited from any involvement in politics.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/6-killed-rare-protests-eritrea-opposition-group-says-124237749.html

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Asmara

U.S. Embassy, Asmara

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of gunfire at several locations in Asmara due to protests.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area where protests appear to be more prevalent.  Streets in the downtown area may be closed, and police continue to maintain a significant presence.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Review personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including at local events, and monitor local news for information.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information, including Country Specific Information for Eritrea.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy in Asmara is located at Alaa Street 179, P.O. Box 211, Asmara, Eritrea.  Contact us at (291) 1-12-00-04, 4:30-5:00 PM Monday – Thursday and 11:30-1:30 p.m. on Friday. Email the Consular Section at ConsularAsmara@state.gov.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (291) 1-12-00-04. The Embassy’s website is https://er.usembassy.gov.

https://er.usembassy.gov/security-message-u-s-citizens-protests-asmara/

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ፍትሐትን ስነስርዓት ቀብርን ዝፍጸመሉ ቦታን ዕለትን-

ሐሙስ 2-11-2017 (Thursday 2,2017)

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ስነስርዓት ቀብሪ 1፡00PM at 1900 Franklin Avenue Santa Rosa CA 95404

ድሕሪ ቀብሪ እክለ ማይ፡ Reception 95 Mountain View Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 Orthodox church 

 

 

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ገባቲ ስርዓት ህግዯፍ መቐጸልታ ጸረ ህዝቢ ተግባራቱ ፡ ኣብ ከተማ ኣስመራ ኣብ ከባቢ ኣኽሪያ ንዝርከብ ቤት ትምህርቲ ዱያእ ኣል-ኢስላምያ ንምጉባጥ ሽማግለታት ወለድን መምህራንን እታ ቤት ትምህርቲ ብጅምላ ይኣስርም ህላዉ ምንጭታትና ካብቲ ቦታ ሓቢሮም፡

እዚ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሓርበኛ ኣቦና ሸኽ ሙሳ መሓመድ ኑርን ካለኦትን ተወሲደ ዘሎ ናይ ምእሳር ሱጉምቲ ድሕሪቲ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ሰሙን ዝተገብረ ዓመታዊ ኣኬባ ናይ ወለዱ ተማሃሮ ዝተገብረ ገምጋም’ዩ ።እቲ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ገባቲ ስርዓት ህግዯፍ ዘካይዶ ዘሎ ሴራ ናይ ጎበጣ ብወለዱ ኮሚቴታትን እቲ ቤት ትምህርቲ፡ ሚኒስተር ትምህርቲ ኤርትራን ካለኦት ሓለፍት ንዝግበር ዘሎ ኢድ ምትእትታው ክግታእ ኣለዎ ብምባሎምን፡ ነቲ ምስ መሰረታዊ መትከል ናይ እምነት ምስልምና ዝራጸም መምሪሒታት ፡ሃይማኖታዊ (ናይቁርኣንትምህርቲ) ዯው ክብል ዝብልን ካለኦትን ምስቲ መስረተራዊ ቅዋም ኣመሰራርታ እዚ ቤት ትምህርቲዚ ፈጺሙ ዝጻረር ናይ ኢድ ምትእትታትው ዯው ክብል ንዝብል እቶም ወለዱ ኣኼበኛታት ድሕሪ ምርኣዮም ፡ ነቲ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ሓጺር እዋን፡ ተዯገጋጋሚ እዋንናት ነቲ ቤት ትምህርቲ ንምግባቱ ንምውሳደን ክግበር ዝጸንሓ ፕሮጋንዲ ንታህዱዲትን ብትሪ ብምቅዋም ፡ እቶም ወይጦታት እቲ ስርዓትን ብመንገዱ ሚኒስትሪ ትምህርቲ ነዚ ግበታዊ ዕብለላን ጎበጣን ንምስላጥ ዝግበር ዘሎ ሙዃኑን ኣነጺሮም ድሕሪ ምግጋሞም እዩ ። ኣብዚ እዋን እዚ እቲ ቤት ትምህርቲ ዱያእ ኣል ኢስላምያ በቲ ግበታዊ መንግስቲ ተዓሺጉ ምህላዉን ነዚ መእሰርትን ምዕጻውን እቲ ቤት ትምህርቲ ህጹጽ ፍታሕ ንምርካብ ንኩለን እቲ ዝምልከቶ ኣካልቲ ግበታዊ መንግስቲ ኣቕሪቦም ዛጊት ክሳብ ሕጂ ዝኾነ መፍትሒ ከምዘይረኸቡ ሓቢሮም፡፡

እዚ ቅድሚ ኣስታት ሓምሳ ዓመታት ዝተዯኮነ ቤት ትምህርቲ ዱያእ ኣል ኢስላምያ ብተለምዶ (እንዲእስታዝበሽር ) ተባሂሉ ዝጽዋዕ ኣብ ኣኽሪያ ዝርከብ ኮይኑ ሃይማኖታውን ኣካዲምያውን ትምህርቲ ዝልግስ ናይ ህዝቢ ቤት ትምህርቲ ኮይኑ ፡ኣብ ዝሓለፉ ገዛእቲ ስርዓታት ሃይለስን ዯርግን ዘይተተንከፉ ምንባሩን፡ ኣብዚ እዋንዚ ግን ብተዯጋጋሚ በዚ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝርከብ ገባቲ ስርዓት ኣብ ልዕሊ ሃይማኖት ንንብረትን ህዝቢ ናይ ምዕብላልን ምጉባጥን ኣካይዲ ፡ ብምፍርራሓትን ብምእሳር ዝግበር ዘሎ ግህሰት ሰብኣዊ መሰል ፡ኣብ ሃይማኖታዊ መሰል ኢድ ምትእትታውን ተረዱኡ ብዙሓት ህዝብን ውድባትን ይክንንዎ እኳ እንተለዉ ፡ ንነባርን ህጹጽ ፍታሑ ግን ኩሉን ሃገራት ዓለም፡ ሰብኣዊ ትካል ማሕበራትን ኩሎም ዯላይቲ ፍትሒ ኤርትራን ዓለምን፡ ንኹሉ እቲ ኢ-ሰብኣዊ ተግባራት እቲ ስርዓትን ንግህስት ሃይማኖታዊ መሰልናን ብምቅዋም ንኩሎም እቶም ኣብ ቀይዱ ዝርከቡ ብዘይ ቅድመኩነት ክፍትሑ ከምዘሎዎምን እቲ ቤት ትምህርቲ ኣብ ኢድ ዋኑኡ ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ክቕጽል ኢሎም ኣውያቶ ምዘስምዑ ዘለዉህዝቢ ፡ ድምጺ ክንኮነሎምን ነቲ እኩይ መጋብር እቲ ስርዓት ከተቃልዕዎን ክትኹንንዎ ብምባል ኣዘኻኺሮም።

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