Friday, May 25, 2012

[INTER 2103] Do migrant workers in Israel have rights?

In the wake of attacks against migrant workers in Tel Aviv, some Israeli politicians came out in favor of deporting migrant workers. The Prime Minister, Netanyahu, fearing that "Israel could be overrun by African infiltrators," has given his support for building a border fence and "physically removing the infiltrators." The Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, has gone so far as to say that migrant workers should be arrested and placed in "detention facilities."

Assuming The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as our framework for a global ethics, and supposing that migrant workers will indeed be arrested, detained, and deported, would that constitute an abuse of human rights? If so, which human rights?

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