Doctors, pilots and rabbis: Opposition grows to Israel’s plan to deport refugees - Israel News - Haaretz.com
Psychologists have joined the growing ranks of professionals, academics and religious figures urging the Israeli government to nix a plan to expel tens of thousands of asylum seekers or announcing they would actively work to foil forced deportations.
Over the last week, demonstrations have been staged and protests have mounted after reports emerged that the government was planning to begin deporting refugees in the next weeks, having signed agreements with Rwanda and Uganda to take in some 35,000 refugees who have reached Israel over the last few years, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan.
In their letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 530 psychologists wrote that the plan “will add the State of Israel to the cycle of harm done to the refugees,” the Israeli news site Walla reported on Wednesday. “A large proportion of asylum seekers have already gone through difficult experiences, including persecution in their countries of origin under repressive and authoritarian regimes.”