Israel grants first Darfuri refugee status, after year of legal battles

One of the leaders of Israel’s African asylum seeker community was granted refugee status by the Interior Ministry on Thursday, becoming the first Darfuri to attain such status in Israel under the 1951 Refugee Convention, ending a long legal process that stretched for several years

Mutasim Ali is a native of Darfur who entered Israel in May 2009 some four years after his family’s village was attacked by regime-supported militias, forcing his parents to flee to an internally displaced persons camp in northern Darfur. During his university studies in Sudan he because an activist in the Sudan Liberation Movement and was jailed numerous times and tortured, the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants said in a press release Thursday night.


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