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African Illegal Immigrant Protesters Denied Entry Into Knesset

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Israeli knesset (parliament). Photo: Chris Yunker.

Ynet – Thousands of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan travelled to Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, taking their protest over Israeli policy toward them, now in its fourth day, directly to the lawmakers in the Knesset. The protesters set out from Tel Aviv earlier in the day, in some 90 buses prepared for the occasion.

But the eight asylum seekers who had arranged to meet with MKs Michal Rozin of Meretz and Dov Khenin of Hadash were denied entry to the parliament building, after Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein agreed to a request by Likud MK Miri Regev, known for her vehement opposition to the presence of the asylum seekers in Israel.

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