2 The Daily Beast- Israel Deported Them. Then ISIS Cut Off Their Heads.
Holy Terror04.21.154:15 PM ET
Three of the Ethiopian Christians beheaded by ISIS were living in Israel—until the government got them to leave.
JERUSALEM — In a scene that’s become all too familiar, the
self-proclaimed Islamic State has executed a group of individuals they
shows the latest victims of the extremist group, initially thought to
be solely Ethiopian Christians, being beheaded in what appears to be
Libya.But there’s a catch: at least three of the victims were
Eritrean refugees who had been deported from Israel. An Eritrean named
Mesi Fashiya who works as a translator for The Hotline for Refugees and
Migrants, an Israeli NGO that advocates for Israel’s estimated 46,000
refugees, identified the victims.
Sadly, one was her relative.
that her cousin, identified as “T.,” was deported from Israel “back to
Uganda or Rwanda—I think Rwanda—where they are not accepted. From there
he went on to Sudan, and from Sudan to Libya.”
“I recognized my relative, T., from the photos published by ISIS that
appeared on Facebook before the video was released,” Fashiya 972mag.com/isis-executes-three-asylum-seekers-previously-dep.
T. was sent abroad in a program that Israel initiated to deal with
its burgeoning refugee problem. In a brochure obtained by The Daily
Beast, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority “offers foreign
nationals from [Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, and Guinea
Conakry], who entered Israel illegally, the option to leave the country
voluntarily, in a fair and dignified manner.”In the brochure,
Israel offers to assist in the “arrangement of travel documents,
purchase of airline tickets, and a financial grant in the amount of
$3,500 per person, including children,” to asylum seekers who agree to
leave.While this may seem a fair deal, Israel’s record with asylum seekers and migrant workers is, for a lack of a better word, awful.
the past few years we see that government policy is becoming worse
towards asylum seekers. Hagar Shechter, head of the public relations at assaf.org.il/en/, an Israeli NGO that provides legal assistance to refugees, told The Daily Beast.
Assaf recently assaf.org.il/en/content/report-where-there-no-free-will-isra
detailing not only the extreme difficulties that refugees face in
deportation from Israel to third countries, but also the “fear of
arbitrary detention and other inappropriate means are utilized by the
State of Israel to pressure asylum seekers to agree to leave” the holy
land.For Schecter, this is part and parcel of Israel’s policy
towards refugees, which she says consists “mostly of inaction,” except
for intimidation. “0.17 percent of the requests for recognition of
refugee status” have been granted by the Israeli government, the aid
worker added. “This means that out of thousands and thousands of people,
only four got a positive answer.”Even worse, the Israeli government has chosen to round up and imprison a portion of the refugees.
year, the Israeli government built a detention camp to lock them up,”
she continued. The detention camp she refers to is Holot, a camp built
in the middle of Israel’s Negev desert. Conditions 972mag.com/photos-24-hours-outside-holot-open-detention-cent.“About 2,000 people are imprisoned in this camp, placed in the middle of the desert, far from any public transport,” she said.
T., one of the Eritreans executed, had served time in Holot.
According to Fashiya, the experience had greatly discouraged T. from
continuing his struggle for refugee status in Israel, and he was further
persuaded by Israeli authorities. “They told him he would be better off
if he flies. I asked him not to. He didn’t tell us he had signed
[papers] to leave,” Fashiya told Ha’aretz.
But T. had already signed papers, and probably received the
aforementioned assistance from the Israeli state. In another crushing
twist, Fashiya told Ha’aretz that she believes T. wanted to reach Europe from Libya by boat.
On Saturday, www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/20/death-toll-from-mi,
and only 28 are thought to have survived. It is the latest in a long
line of catastrophes involving the drowning of people from embattled
nations.This particularly gruesome event has stirred a strong
reaction from the European Union (EU), who are scrambling to form a
comprehensive strategy to deal with the flood of refugees reaching the
shores of Mediterranean European Union nations.On Sunday, Italian
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called an emergency cabinet meeting to
discuss a method to deal with these disasters, along with the arrival of
more than 11,000 people from Libya over a 10-day period.There’s
no way of knowing whether or not T. or the other two Eritreans who died
with him would’ve made it onto the boats bound for Europe—or whether
they would’ve died in the warm waters that many Westerners enjoy every
summer.What is known is that before ISIS’ blade met the necks of
these three Eritreans who had been fleeing conflict for a large portion
of their lives, they were in a wealthy nation that often prides itself
as an oasis of human rights in a storm of atrocities.Israel,
along with many nations in the EU, need to address their extreme
mismanagement of the many crisis in the region. Until they do, there
will be no shortage of reasons to be outraged coming from nations with