|My Eritean friends (L to R) Kidane Isaac, Filamon Juenist, and Domoz|
Bereket. Behind me, American pal Josh Gomes (Levinsky Park, Tel Aviv)
Kidane Isaac, my gentle friend, courageous community leader, and Eritrean asylum seeker in Tel Aviv inspires me daily to act on the Torah injunction (Leviticus 19:34) —
כְּאֶזְרָח מִכֶּם יִהְיֶה לָכֶם הַגֵּר הַגָּר אִתְּכֶם, וְאָהַבְתָּ לוֹ כָּמוֹךָ כִּי גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם
Treat foreign residents living among you as your native-born. Love each one as yourself because you were foreigners in Egypt.
Watch "Breaking into Israel" (24 minutes) and meet Kidane (starting at minute 16).
No country for refugees, article on The Refugee Voice, in Haaretz newspaper, April 15, 2011
The African Refugee Development Center
Founded in 2004 by refugees and Israelis to help refugees and asylum seekers in Israel, ARDC provides community services and lobbies for fairer policies towards refugees.
The Hotline for Migrant Workers
Founded in 1998, HMW is a non-partisan, not for profit organization promoting undocumented migrant workers' and refugees' rights, and eliminating human trafficking in Israel.
Organization for Aiding Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel
Founded in 2007, ASSAF is a non-profit organization that provides support and runs programs to protect and strengthen the African refugee community in Israel.