: If any people are experts on being refugees by their experiences throughout human history, the Jewish people would surely make a good candidate. Jewish people with direct refugee experience live still amongst us and can recount their still vivid memories. What the German Nazis labelled to be racial sub-humans “Untermenschen” were to be expelled from the German Reich by force. Today many Jewish people are well settled in relatively safe countries. Our refugee experience obligates us to look around us. What are the realities of refugees today? The last few decades saw a tightening of the EU borders to outsiders, with an increase of desperate people willing to risk all to reach Western shores. Many just want a better chance in life, others are refugees from the war torn battlegrounds that humanity fails to prevent or end. Asylum Laws have tightened in spite of the introduction of the European Human Rights Charter in the U.K. 1000s of people drown every year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe, others perish in deserts. Many live phantom existences in European towns, exploited, without medical aid, always on the run. People smuggling has grown into a sophisticated business involving criminal gangs from many corners on earth. In Israel Darfurian Sudanese refugees and other migrants who hoped the Jewish people will understand have made headlines, mostly because of appalling treatment by the state and related authorities. The birth of Israel supposed to end unsafe refugee existence of Jews caused other Jews from Arabic speaking countries to become refugees and the stories of Palestinian refugees goes hand in hand with the establishment of Israel, and remains still unresolved. This is the reason why Meretz UK has decided to dedicate a special day on the issue of refugees and migrants to inform, discuss and encourage to help and take action. We have succeeded to get an excellent line of speakers and what’s more money raised through this event will reach refugees in Europe and in the Middle East.
0.David Rosenberg: The 1905 Aliens Act . How it came to be, its impact and why it is important to know about it 110 years on:
0.Leslie Baruch Brent: Sunday’s Child? My life story and how it shaped me.
0.Out of Sight, Out of Mind 25min documentary, (Harris / Ben Tovim) Narrated by Juliet Stevenson,
0.Refugee Existence in Gaza. Jayyab Abusafia, a young Palestinian journalism student recounts his years growing up as a Palestinian refugee in Gaza under Israeli occupation.
0.Nitzan Horowitz current Meretz Israel Member of Knesset (MK), Israeli House of Parliament.
0.Ben Du Preez (formerly Amnesty International (Refugee Rights) and Sadaka-Reut): Refugees cared for by African Refugee Development Centre (ARDC), Tel Aviv.
0.Maurice Wren, Director, Asylum Aid. London: Asylum Aid 2010. Contemporary challenges and Successes
0.Pauline Levis: One person can make a difference. How and why I got involved in running a campaign to safe Behnam
0.Mimitah Abofando. Professional singer originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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