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Israel bans mother from visiting daughters, deports families

Inter Press Service, May 31, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of families — from Palestinians to Southeast Asian migrant workers to African refugees — struggle under Israeli policies that seek to limit the number of non-Jews within Israel and in the areas it occupies. Sitting in the living room of her home in East Amman, Jordan, Sabah Othman …

African refugees eating in Levinsky Park in South Tel Aviv (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Growing tensions between locals and migrants

IRIN, May 17, 2012 Blessing Akachukneu was already looking for a new place to live when her south Tel Aviv apartment, which doubles as a day-care centre, was firebombed in April. Her Israeli neighbours, she explained, had complained to the landlord about the noise from the day-care centre and she had been asked to leave. …

This refugee and her baby face discrimination in Israel (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

African refugees join Palestinians as a “threat” to Israel

The National, May 10, 2012 On Tuesday Israelis woke up to the surprising news that the early elections Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced on Sunday had been cancelled. In a deal made while the country was asleep, Netanyahu forged a new coalition with Kadima. Now the Knesset will march in lockstep behind the PM, …

Women protest in Amman (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

A measured spring in Jordan

The Caravan, May 1, 2012 Friday noon prayers find the faithful spilling out of al-Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman. They crowd the street and sidewalks, bowing between vendors. Four men kneel alongside a folding table loaded down with silver faucets, showerheads and handles. Others prostrate themselves next to a display of cheap plastic shoes. Those …