Asylum seekers stand in line in the rain at the Interior Ministry in Tel Aviv. Meged Gozani

The Abject Misery of Standing in Line to Apply for Asylum in Israel

For months, hundreds of African asylum seekers fought, sometimes violently, for a place in line at the Immigration Authority's Tel Aviv office; this week the venue suddenly changed, raising fears that arrests and deportation are soon to follow

The downpour started at 6 A.M. on Tuesday last week, and when it rains, that’s the worst. The dozens of men and women who congregated at the corner of Salameh and Abarbanel streets in south Tel Aviv huddled...

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