A penal colony for Africans in the heart of Israel
Saharonim is a jail, and Holot, which we visited this week, is an 'open holding facility’- but the differences between them are minimal.
It’s a penal colony built by Israel for migrants and asylum seekers from Africa: A huge and remote complex in the heart of the desert, among waste-disposal sites and both active and abandoned Israel Defense Forces bases, on the Egyptian border. The sea of fences is visible from afar; this week, Arab workers and contractors were busy putting the final touches on the huge entrance plaza...
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