Postcard from... Tel Aviv
Wednesday 08 January 2014
There was no Salmon Benedict all week at a stylish eatery in Tel Aviv’s affluent Ramat Aviv district. Across the city, many of the country’s top celebrity chefs sweated as they gingerly balanced hors-d’oeuvres on flimsy paper plates. A shortage of dishwashers, cleaners and builders had blemished the carefree vibe of Israel’s main business and party town.
The reason was the biggest asylum seeker-led strike in the country’s history, as more than 10,000 Africans stepped out of the shadows to protest Israel’s asylum laws. Of over 53,600 people who have crossed into Israel through Egypt since 2006 and remained, only a handful have been granted refugee status. Some are imprisoned in a closed, remote desert detention centre. A new law also allows migrants to be jailed without trial for up to a year, legislation which has provoked outrage.
The newcomers have become the oft-forgotten backbone of Israeli businesses that depend on cheap labour. Some of their bosses have taken a stance in support of the protestors this week, as the migrants chanted in the streets.
Many in Israel agree that a nation established by immigrants must do better than continue what the UN Refugee Agency has called a “warehousing” of migrants for those who have nowhere to return.
- 1 Autistic adults could take pure MDMA to 'reduce social anxiety'
- 2 Before you complain about your GP, this is what you need to know about actually doing the job
- 3 Father of 12 accused of raping, beating, starving and abusing his own children in US 'cult'
- 4 Britain's Got Talent 2015: Jamie Raven divides Twitter as fans expose mind-boggling magic trick
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
People are criticising Fifa World Cup sponsors with corrupt corporate logos
Natalie Portman tells Harvard graduates: 'Accept your lack of knowledge'
British tourists complain impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Fifa corruption live: Sebb Blatter warns 'more bad news may follow' as he clings to power
Skull found in Spain could be the world's first-ever murder victim
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: One of the South East's fastest growing full s...
£35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...
£30000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Estimating, preparation of tech...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will work as part of a smal...