African Refugee Development Center

Help ARDC protect our community in the wake of recent attacks

It is unusual that you would receive two emails from us in the span of two days, but today is an unusual day. Last night, around 1,000 people gathered in south Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood to protest the growing numbers of African asylum seekers in Israel.  The gathering descended into violence and, by the end of the night, 17 arrests were made for rioting, attempted assault, breaking into and looting storefronts, and possession of weapons. These riots followed weeks of arson attacks on asylum seekers’ homes and businesses, and they are the latest in a process of delegitimization of the asylum seekers and incendiary remarks coming straight from the heads of Israel’s government.
ARDC is hard at work in the wake of the riots: We are already providing psychological support for victims of the attacks. We are working with leaders of the asylum seeker community to come up with ways to engage local residents, and work to change how the community is perceived. We are involved in the organization of peaceful counter-demonstrations calling for government response to the recent attacks. Perhaps closest to home, we have increased the security at our shelter for pregnant women and children, at a direct expense to ARDC, so that someone is on duty 24 hours a day.

What can you do?

Please take this opportunity to help us keep our 60 shelter residents safe, provide psychological support to the victims of the attacks, and help shop owners to repair the damage to their businesses. Details about how to give a tax-deductible donation to ARDC can be found here
Further, our friends at the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) in Jerusalem are providing for us the infrastructure to apply pressure on Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. Make your voices heard! Please click this link to send letters using a pre-written text or your own.
Thank you so much for your continued support,
Yohannes Bayu, Executive Director
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