The Jewish Agency has agreed to house 58 Sudanese refugees
As various Israeli government agencies quarrel over who’s
responsible for housing the hundreds of Sudanese refugees flowing into the
Israel via Egypt, the Jewish Agency for Israel announced Monday it would house
58 of the refugees in the Ibim student village near Sderot. The move was made
in response to a request by the Prime Minister’s Office, the agency said.
“This is a humanitarian gesture to human beings in
distress,” Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski said.
Most of the Sudanese refugees are bussed to Beersheba after
being picked up by Israeli patrols along the Israel-Egypt border. The
municipality says it does not have the resources to pay for shelter for untold
numbers of refugees fleeing the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.