By ELLEN KNICKMEYER | Washington Post
August 26, 2007

CAIRO, Egypt – Israel’s decision to close its doors to asylum-seekers from Darfur and all other non-Jewish refugees has Israelis and Jews around the world struggling with their distinct identities of Israel: a Jewish state with a Jewish people or, alternatively, a state born from the Holocaust with a determination to challenge future genocides and succor their victims.

Israeli refugee groups said that they would challenge in court Israel’s new policy of blocking Africans who enter the country from Egypt. International and Israeli rights groups maintain that returning the would-be refugees without assessing their claims for asylum violates international accords, including the 1951 U.N. Refugee Convention, as well as Israeli law and government commitments.

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