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Prominent Figures Protest Racist Incitement against African Refugees

22 June 2012

Nearly 100 Israel Prize laureates, academics, and public figures have sent a letter to the Israeli government demanding that Israel’s leaders halt state-sponsored incitement against African refugees.

The signatories, included NIF International Council members Amos Oz and other prominent Israelis such as singer Ahinoam Nini. Prominent feminist and veteran NIF board member Prof. Alice Shalvi wrote, "Many of Israel's founders came as refugees. Their families suffered racism, incitement and xenophobia. When they did not have a place to escape, their fates were often sealed. The bible dictates over and over “And you shall love the stranger. For you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Because you have been abused as "strangers," so it is your duty to care for the strangers in your country. The State of Israel’s choice to deny history and the bible is incomprehensible."

The letter, which was sent to President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other government leaders, demanded that the government formulate an immigration policy that allows a limited number of non-Jewish refugees, who are unable to return to their home countries for fear of persecution, to stay.

See the full text of the letter here.

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