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Rwanda, Uganda deny migrant deal with Israel

Rwanda, Uganda deny migrant deal with Israel

Netanyahu said a tide of non-Jewish immigration would threaten the very fabric of Israel. Many others were detention centres, where they were pressured to accept payments to leave Israel. In some cases, their travel papers were confiscated or they were quickly sent to Uganda.

In a joint statement, Israeli human rights groups condemned the decision to cancel the agreement, accusing Netanyahu of playing "political games".

Following this, the United Nations had called on Israel to halt its policy of deporting over 33,000 Eritreans and Sudanese people.

"In the last few weeks, following tremendous pressure on Rwanda by the New Israel Fund and elements in the European Union, Rwanda has withdrawn from the agreement and refused to absorb infiltrators from Israel who are forcibly removed". Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.

Israel defended its soldiers' actions on Friday, saying they opened fire only when "necessary" against those "throwing stones and firebombs or rolling tyres at soldiers".

During his speech, Atawi also called on the global community to take full responsibility for the Palestinian cause, and to put an end to all crimes committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian people through investigations into the Land Day events.

William Spindler, the spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said that the UN hopes Netanyahu will reconsider his decision and rally support in Israel for the deal.

Sami told Radio Capital that the agreement did not mention the countries where the 16,000 migrants should be resettled as the deals are "made directly by us with the countries that are available".

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Monim Haroon, a 28-year-old university student in Jerusalem who fled Darfur five years ago, expressed relief after the deal was announced.

More than 39,000 asylum seekers, mainly from Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, now live in Israel.

He added: "We do not have a contract, any understanding, formal or informal, with Israel for them to dump their refugees here".

Mark Hetfield, president of HIAS, a Jewish nonprofit in the USA that protects refugees, praised the deal as "responsible" and "consistent with Jewish values".

While some 20,000 have left the country since, including as part of a government program offering $3,500 to those voluntarily self-deporting, close to 40,000 remain, not including thousands of children born in Israel. The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, a group that advocated for asylum-seekers, welcomed the news, noting that it was symbolic that the announcement had happened during Passover, "the holiday of freedom".

Not everyone was pleased.

Commenting on the situation, Education Minister Naftali Bennett expressed satisfaction with Israel's suspension of the United Nations deal, but, he emphasized, 'that is not enough. He called for the plan to be brought to the Cabinet for a vote.