Good Day :The Plight of South Sudanese Refugees in Israel..! (4)
Shortly after independence of the newborn state, Israel was one of President Kiir’s first destinations out of the country. Salva, surprisingly, promised to inaugurate South Sudan's embassy in Jerusalem not Tel Aviv. It was a very strange decree! Even the United States avoided opening its embassy in Jerusalem and maintains it in Tel Aviv. The relationship between Israel and SPLM started in the 1960’s, even before the establishment of the movement. Some of the Godfathers of the Anya-Nya I rebellion received military training in Israel. According to Khartoum reports and document Israel provided the rebel army with weapons and continuous training. President Kiir’s gratitude was exemplary.
Now, Israel started to expel South Sudanese out of the "Promised Land"! Do you remember the hullabaloo of the reunited South Sudanese poor families in Israel? Now, the reunited families are among South Sudanese that Israel plans to expel them this month. 2,000 South Sudanese must leave voluntarily or to be expelled by force. Israeli Authorities said: The illegal refugee who chooses to leave voluntarily will be given plane tickets and money.
In fact, people are being picked up on streets and asked to sign a document of "voluntary deportation"; they won't be allowed to collect their properties if they do not sign! This manner creates uncertainties about how many are leaving of their own free will or who approach the immigration office are doing that under threats and pressures.
"The Interior Ministry will continue the construction of "tent cities" to detain "illegal refugees" in a good situation! The Israeli Minister, Yishai, said. "This is not a war against infiltrators, this is a war for the preservation of the Zionist and Jewish dream in the land of Israel", he explained.
The South Sudanese governmental delegation to Israel wants their citizens to return home, but they were shocked by the manner of carrying out the deportation of 700-1,500 "illegal South Sudanese refugees".
A movement called "Rabbis for Human Rights" reported that the officials from Juba “are on one hand kind of taking this page from the Zionist movement. They very much want everyone back there to help rebuild the country, but they were pretty shocked and disturbed to hear about how South Sudanese refugees were treated – the arrests, the people being given so little time to get their lives in order.”
A foreign ministry official told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the delegation is in Israel purely on a bureaucratic level and working in cooperation with Israel to oversee the repatriation of South Sudanese citizens. That means the Israeli government do not want any statements from the South Sudanese delegation on the issue "Israeli – South Sudanese ties". They delegation must concentrate on the process of deportation and how to be achieved successfully, and not to talk about its diplomatic impacts.
By Mekki Elmograbi, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 17/06/2012