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Sudan: Holocaust Memories Hover Over Refugees

Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)

Posted to the web June 15, 2006

Peter Hirschberg
Jerusalem

Some 200 Sudanese refugees who have crossed the border from Egypt into Israel seeking asylum are posing a thorny moral dilemma for a country that was born out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

So far, the Israeli authorities seem deaf to the refugees’ plea to allow them to make a home, at least temporarily, in Israel. The remonstrations of leading Jewish figures, who are insisting that the Jewish state cannot ignore the plight of refugees fleeing persecution and slaughter in their own country, have also failed to soften the authorities.

In the last six months, the Sudanese refugees, some of t