November 17, 2011
QUICK, PULL UP THE DRAWBRIDGE!:Israel Studies Plan to Detain Illegal Migrants (JOEL MILLMAN And JOSHUA MITNICK, 11/16/11, WSJ)
[T]he Israeli parliament's Internal Affairs Committee on Monday began taking up Israel's so-called Prevention of Infiltration Law. Originally promulgated in 1954 to curb Palestinians seeking to return to their homes--and to counter cross-border attacks by militants--it is a law that the government now wants to modify to enable three-year detentions without trial for illegal migrants entering from Africa via Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Migrant-rights advocates say that would be in violation of a 60-year-old United Nations convention on refugee rights, adopted largely as a response to the world's inaction to the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.
Posted by oj at November 17, 2011 5:36 AM
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