African migrants march to Jerusalem 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A total of 130 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants began another march out of the
Holot open detention facility in the South on Thursday, two days after a group
of around 200 were arrested in Jerusalem after a protest outside the
Those 200 were among a group of well over 350 detainees who left
the open facility over the weekend and refused to return. They made their way to
Jerusalem by foot and by bus, and protested in front of the Knesset demanding
that Israel recognize their asylum claims. Video by Benji Rosen
They were arrested, and many of them
were moved to the Saharonim closed facility.
On Thursday, the detainees
who were marching were stopped and questioned and in some cases detained by
immigration officials as well as police as they made their way to Beersheba.
According to the anti-infiltration amendment, the state must wait 48 hours to
arrest someone who hasn’t returned to the facility. However, the stipulation is
not in effect for people who have failed to return from a furlough in the
So, on Thursday, officials were able to stop and check the marchers
to determine who they could arrest without the waiting period.
Population, Immigration and Border Authority said on Thursday that it wasn’t
clear who the 130 marchers were, if they were people who had left and not
returned previously and had already been arrested, or if they were people who
can not be detained until 48 hours has passed. The authority said that it had
stopped a large number of them and it is trying to determine who is
As of Wednesday night, there were 278 detainees in the open
facility. After the second march only 148 remained, far less than the 483 that
were moved into Holot after it opened last Thursday.