Orli Santo |
Special To The Jewish Week
Israel, like other Mediterranean and European countries, is a magnet for asylum seekers escaping forced, open-ended conscription in Eritrea or war in Sudan. Their influx has forced Israel to face a painful dilemma: defend its Jewish character, or its Jewish values?
Michele Chabin |
Jerusalem — In early July, Lisa Richlen, a nonprofit consultant working in the fields of human rights and social change, was planning to help launch Faces of Exile, a website aimed at providing a “human face” to asylum seekers in Israel, when Israel’s war with Hamas began.
Israel’s decision to declare nearly 1,000 acres within the Gush Etzion Jewish settlement bloc “state land” was condemned by Peace Now last week as the largest seizure of Palestinian land in 30 years. But a further examination reveals it is not a fait accompli and may not even all be Palestinian land.