Solidarity with African asylum-seekers in Israel


The Eritrea cyberspace is flooding with a black-and-white equal sign.

In show of support to the protest of “African” asylum-seekers in Israel (“infiltrators” in Israeli government’s official vocabulary), many Eritreans and friends of Eritrea are changing their social media profile picture to this sign.

For example, this Saturday, the respected human rights activist, Meron Estifanos posted the solidarity symbol on her Facebook page with this message: “One way you can express your solidarity with the African asylum-seekers in Israel is by changing your profile picture to this black & white avatar.”

On Sunday morning (January 5) about 30, 000 people marched to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. “The protesters, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese, are angry about a law that allows illegal immigrants to be detained for a year without trial.” a BBC report reads.

Haaretz, a daily newspaper in Israel,  notes a sentence from a flyer announcing the strike: “Our only sin is that we ran away from political persecution, forcible military service, dictatorship, civil war and genocide.