Who are we?
The Tama Stone Community Center supports Sudanese asylum seekers, both native to the Tama tribe and not, living in Israel. We provide financial support, education, and cultural events. The center offers English, Hebrew, music, and computer classes to asylum seekers and help people stay off the streets given the incredibly tough economic situation. We also assist with legal advice, resettlement and asylum request processes. We need your help to keep our doors open to support this strong community! Find out more on our website.What is life like for Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel?
Israel has made it clear that Sudanese asylum seekers are not welcome, yet the state cannot legally deport them back to Sudan. In this way, their policies towards the refugee population are designed to coerce asylum seekers into 'voluntarily' returning to their country of origin or moving to a third African country, namely Rwanda or Uganda.
- Asylum seekers are required to pay high taxes to the state, and, as of early 2017, an additional 20% is taken out of their salaries - this fund can be accessed if they decide to leave.
- Asylum seekers are living without any legal status and therefore do not have any rights to healthcare, welfare, or education. This leaves them working in low-paid, mostly manual-labor jobs.
- Many are often injured working on construction sites and factories - their employers hardly ever provide any compensation for medical costs, since they are under no legal obligation to do so.
- Single, male, asylum seekers in Israel are summoned to spend a year in Holot detention facility. Holot is an open prison designed to crush the spirits of asylum seekers. They can leave during limited hours, are given terrible food and are not permitted to prepare their own, sleep in 10-man rooms, and are not allowed to teach or read Hebrew. Upon release from Holot, asylum seekers are not allowed to live in Tel Aviv or Eilat - where the two biggest communities live. This is to separate them from their support networks to make them less likely to stay in Israel.