ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
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African refugees arrived in Israel escaping war, genocide and political persecution. Many were tortured and raped on the way. Your donation will enable ASSAF to continue providing life sustaining emotional and practical support to these refugees.
ASSAF was founded in 2007 in response to the huge influx of African refugees into Israel. ASSAF believes that Israel has a moral duty to ensure the safety and well-being of those fleeing war, genocide and torture – similar atrocities to which befell the Jewish people many times throughout the course of history. ASSAF's mission is to protect those entering Israel in search of asylum, advocating for their rights on the basis of international law, and strengthening their coping mechanisms so that they can face the daily economic, social, legal and emotional challenges facing them whilst facilitating their dignified existence. Since its inception ASSAF has assisted thousands of at-risk refugee individuals, women, children, unaccompanied minors and families seeking refuge and asylum in Israel in addition to facilitating community autonomy and empowerment, advocacy and tackling policy change.

    Categories of Activities:
  • Human Rights
  • Social Welfare
  • Community Centers
  • Civil Liberties

ASSAF was founded in 2007 by Yiftach Millo - an MA graduate of Development Studies who worked for 10 years with refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa through Oxfam, UNICEF, HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), and other international organizations. On his return to Israel in 2006, Millo realized that there was a real need to establish an operational presence that would combine humanitarian and psychosocial responses to the relatively new influx of refugees from Africa. Following intensive groundwork, Millo established ASSAF as an NGO in his home in February 2007. ASSAF’s workers were deeply concerned about the harsh treatment of African refugees, especially in light of the fact that Israel should, given its people’s history of persecution, have a moral obligation to assist those fleeing danger. Through the provision of humanitarian and psychosocial services, ASSAF became known as the central source of support for the emerging refugee community. Initially, emergency ‘life’ support, and punctual psychosocial care for the rapidly growing number of crises characterized ASSAF’s activities. ASSAF now provides both punctual and long- term emergency support, running programs which protect and strengthen the underprivileged, and largely misunderstood, African refugee community in Israel. ASSAF also works towards effecting refugees’ deserved asylum rights in the knowledge that, without efforts to change overhead policies, grassroots work will continue as ‘firefighting’.

Board of Directors: Dr. Yiftach Milo,Michal Givoni,Dr. Idit Blit-Cohen,Roi Metser,Amnon Vidan,Jean-Marc Liling,Shmulik Sheintoch,Adv. Dana Saborai,Adv. Lea Miller-Forshtat
Staff and Management We have 2 full-time and 8 part-time staff members
Our C.E.O. is Adv. Michal Pinchuk
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  •   Denial of the legitimacy of refugees and asylum seekers in Israel 15/11/2009

    ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation of refugees’ status in Israel. In cooperation with human rights partner organizations, ASSAF is working to effect policy change, and in particular, to prevent the instatement of the recently proposed “Infiltration Prevention Law” - a draconian law which will allow long-term imprisonment of all refugees (including children, minors, and women) that illegally cross the Egypt-Israel border. This draconian law has been presented as a need to preserve the security of the Israeli state, where in fact refugees trying to enter Israel are themselves fleeing from gravely dangerous situations in their home countries and are in desperate need of refuge. Today there are some 20,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. An overwhelming majority of Israeli’s key decision makers see fit to impose harsh policies and sanctions on the entry of refugees and asylum seekers. Some are in favour of deporting refugees that are already in the country – an act that would be, if carried out, in flagrant violation of the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees of which Israel is a signatory. ASSAF is actively involved in campaigning, advocating for and promoting awareness of refugees’ rights, and is actively involved in trying to change the detrimental policies which damage the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. For related media links in Hebrew and in English: Article on recent petition submitted to allow refugees access to representation (English):,7340,L-3802684,00.html Article on Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai’s recent statement; “Refugee children are a danger to the Jewish State” (Hebrew):

  •   Policy Campaign to change refugees and asylum seekers legal rights 01/08/2009

    Along with a number of key partners, ASSAF has been leading an intensive media campaign in order to challenge the proposed draft of the Infiltration Law which was voted by the Knesset in its first round. Due to this widespread national campaign which has consisted of articles, demonstrations and petitioning the public, the last week has seen some very positive changes in public policy. The "Hadera Gadera" restriction, which was implemented in January 2008, thereby limiting refugees' and asylum seekers freedom to live and work in Israel's centre, was lifted by the Ministry of Interior. Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday announced that the planned deportation of non-Israeli children (of refugees and migrant workers) would be delayed by 3 months. This intensive campaign has proved that public compassion will override harsh governmental policy which has been making life exceptionally difficult, and depressing, for the thousands of refugees in Israel who have fled oppression and civil war in their countries of birth. The struggle is not yet over and ASSAF plans to continue its efforts to pressure key authorities to develop a just system for the fair treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Israel.

  •   World Refugee Day 2009 16/06/2009

    In cooperation with 11 other Israeli NGOs, ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers is organizing a live event in commemoration of World Refugee Day. This event aims to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in Israel and around the world, and to serve as a platform for expanding our base of friends and supporters. This is also a forum for the refugee community to express themselves through music, creativity and to expose their cultures and histories. Please find attached an invitation to this event.

Address: Golomb 52,Tel Aviv - Yafo
Tel: 072-2513838    Fax: 072-2513837
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