London – Israeli policies against migrant workers are racist and inhumane, said ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies in an urgent letter addressed to the UN Special Representative for International Migration, Ms. Louise Arbour.
The letter called on Ms. Louise to urge the United Nations to pressure Israel to respect its international commitments pertaining to migration and to halt its forced deportation policy.
The London-based think tank expressed deep concern over the Israeli authorities’ violations against thousands of non-Jewish immigrants, whose the majority were arrested, and released only after agreeing to leave before the end of 2019.
Israel has forcibly deported a Filipino immigrant and her son in August 2019, after allegedly overstaying her visa, in addition of thousands others, who were threatened of deportation in if they did not leave voluntarily.
Those who do not apply for a refugee status while extending their temporary residence permit are offered 3500-dollar reward and a free ticket to leave the country. In case they do not accept the offer, they are at risk of imprisonment for undetermined period.
Such racist Israeli policies against non-Jewish immigrants, which implicitly aim at achieving a demographic change that keeps the Jewish a majority, constitute a serious human rights violation against immigrants.
In its letter, ImpACT said that forcibly deporting immigrants, including hundreds of children who were born in Israel to areas that they have never visited before contravenes international charters and conventions for dealing with migrants.
Therefore, ImpACT International called on Ms. Arbour to take immediate action to urgently highlight these policies, and to urge the UN to demand Israel to respect its international commitments pertaining to immigrants and foreign labour, and to stop pushing immigrants by all available means toward returning them to their home or to any other country.