Israel Hands Out Deportation Notices to African Migrants
Israeli authorities on Sunday began distributing letters to African migrants telling them to leave the country within 60 days or face incarceration. The deportation notices offer migrants a parting gift of $3,500 and a plane ticket if they depart for an African nation by April 1, according to the Associated Press. An estimated 40,000 African migrants, many of them refugees from Sudan and Eritrea, reside in Israel. The government’s deportation plan has prompted condemnation from writers, rabbis, and Holocaust survivors who say the move calls into question Israel’s reputation as a refuge for Jewish migrants.