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Humans, Not Infiltrators: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the US and Israel

With Melanie Nezer, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at HIAS
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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This event is part of the J Street National Conference: Rising to the Moment. To attend, register for the conference here.

Both the Israeli and American governments are dealing with an ongoing question of what to do with asylum seekers who are seeking safety in their borders – and neither government is particularly welcoming to these refugees. In Israel, there’s no asylum process. In the US, the asylum process has been excessively curtailed by the Trump administration, leaving little opportunity for asylum-seekers to find refuge. American leaders are using xenophobic rhetoric to describe refugees and minorities, a painful reminder for American Jews of the United States’ rejection of Jewish refugees during WWII.

How do today’s refugees and asylum seekers navigate the hardship of establishing a new home in a nation that’s unfriendly to their very existence? What are the US’ and Israel’s responsibilities towards asylum seekers? Who are the people fighting on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees, and how does their work preserve democratic and Jewish values?

This discussion will be moderated by HIAS' Director of Grassroots Campaigns, Rebecca Kirzner, and the panel will include:

  • Melanie Nezer, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at HIAS
  • Tally Kritzman-Amir, Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University
  • Mutasim Ali, LLM Candidate at George Washington University, and the first Sudanese person to officially be recognized as a refugee in Israel

This event is part of the J Street National Conference: Rising to the Moment. To attend, register for the conference here.