Update 2/5/18: Success! Over 100 Israeli pilots and air crew members answered our call and publicly committed to stand against the deportations and not fly refugees to their deaths! Now we must increase our pressure - international airlines are already deporting hundreds of refugees every month - and our time is running out. Join now and call on Turkish, Ethiopian, and Royal Jordanian airlines to do the right thing and immediately stop deporting refugees:
--------Indefinite jail time, or deportation to a country where your life is in danger? This is the choice the Israeli government is giving tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan.
After years of ignoring the plight of refugees, the government now plans to deport tens of thousands of people to Rwanda and Uganda, countries where their lives will be in danger. But we are fighting back.
Thousands of Israelis have already sent direct messages to the Israeli Pilots Union, ground operations companies in Ben Gurion Airport, and international airlines flying from Tel-Aviv, calling on them to say no to the cruel deportation plan. Now several Israeli pilots responded and declared they will refuse to fly people to their death! We know our voices matter - and now you can join the fight: - Send a personal message directly to the airlines and pilots and tell them to do the right thing.
In recent months, German pilots stopped over 200 deportation flights by arguing that deporting refugees against their will can make the entire flight unsafe. In London, a pilot simply refused to take off when he found out there was a refugee being deported on the plane.
All over the world - from Europe to the United States - citizens are fighting back against deportations and standing up for refugees. And we can do the same here in Israel. Tell the pilots now: Stand on the right side of history, don’t deport refugees.
Since 2013, when Israel finally started accepting asylum requests, over 13,000 requests have been filed. Yet the majority of requests are systematically ignored, and only a handful received refugee status. In European countries more than 70% of asylum requests from Eritrea and Sudan are accepted - in Israel it is less than 1%.
Now the government is implementing a mass deportation, and even suggesting forcibly loading refugees on planes. We can - and must - stop it. Join the call now:
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