Rabbinical delegation visits Holot detention center in solidarity with African asylum seekers

A delegation of Reform, Masorti and Orthodox rabbis conducted a solidarity visit on Wednesday to the remote Holot detention facility in for African asylum seekers ahead of the Shavuot holiday which begins Saturday night.

Some 45 rabbis along with another 30 visitors journeyed to Holot, which is in the central Negev desert close to the Egyptian border, and held a prayer ceremony as well as presenting the asylum seekers who participated with baskets of fruits and vegetables to recall the Biblical commandment at the time of Shavuot of bringing such items to the Temple.

Some 45,000 people from Africa claiming asylum and refugee status currently reside in Israel, but their presence has been strongly protested especially by residents of south Tel Aviv where large numbers from the community have taken up residence.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rabbinical-delegation-visits-Holot-detention-center-in-solidarity-with-African-asylum-seekers-403704

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