Israel: stop the infiltrators bill

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Posted: 13 December 2011
In less than a week, the Knesset could vote on a shocking bill that would send refugees fleeing persecution and torture to endless detention in our jails – including small children. Only our outcry now can stop this horrifying proposal.

The draft law, which flouts basic Israeli and international legal obligations and Jewish moral codes, would make people seeking safety from atrocities face years of detention – and even slam citizens helping them with as little as a glass of water with a 5-year prison sentence! Last year, public pressure succeeded in pushing the bill off the government agenda – and if enough of us voice our objections to this inhuman measure now, we can kill the bill again.

Ministers like Eli Ishai and PM Netanyahu insisted on reintroducing the bill, but we can stop them in their tracks. As Israelis, we don't need to be reminded of the dark times when similar laws determined the fate of our people -- but apparently, our government does. It only takes a minute: use the form on the right to send a direct message to all faction heads, and to the members of the Knesset Committee discussing the bill, urging them to stop this cruel legislation now.

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