Israel

Asylum Seekers, Not 'Infiltrators'

There are tens of thousands of asylum seekers, mostly from East Africa, in Israel today. But while they have been in the country for years, their legal status remains in flux.

Israel Scholarship Ceremony Spotlights Social Activism

Dec 10, 2020

On Dec. 9, HIAS Israel held its first-ever virtual scholarship awards ceremony. HIAS Israel has given scholarships to student immigrants, or olim, since the 1970s. This year, we awarded 46 scholarships to students from eight countries, the majority from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union.

Sivan Carmel Discusses COVID-19

Sivan Carmel, HIAS' country director in Israel, explains how COVID-19 is affecting her work and the lives of asylum seekers.

Taking the Lead in Emergency Assistance

Jul 07, 2020

HIAS has rapidly created systems to protect refugees facing emergencies and to deliver aid to them during the pandemic.
Sivan Carmel

How Asylum Seekers In Israel Are Coping With COVID-19

Apr 30, 2020

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, asylum seekers in Israel were leading precarious lives. Now, with the country on lockdown and jobs drying up, HIAS Israel County Director Sivan Carmel says it is harder than ever for asylum seekers to stay afloat.

HIAS Applauds the End of Israel's Deposit Law

Apr 24, 2020

TEL AVIV — On April 23, the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the country’s Deposit Law, which withheld 20 percent of asylum seekers’ salaries as an incentive for them to...

A refugee chid is given a face mask in the Moria refugee camp in Greece.

As COVID-19 Responses Threaten Refugee Rights, HIAS Pushes Back

Mar 30, 2020

As HIAS staff members around the world find safe ways to deliver vital services and care for clients, they are also fighting for the needs and rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the countries where HIAS operates.

HIAS Scholarships' Effects Can Last for Years

Jan 07, 2019

For more than 70 student immigrants who received scholarships from HIAS in Israel in December, the real impact of the awards may be felt for years to come.

2018 YEAR IN REVIEW: Challenges, Heartbreak, and Resolve

Dec 26, 2018

2018 was a challenging year for HIAS as we continued our work of fighting for refugees and asylum seekers.

Darfuris in Israel Are Grateful, But Challenges Continue

Oct 10, 2018

These African asylum seekers are grateful, but still face challenges in Israel.

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