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Eritrean Asylum Seekers in Israel Ordered to Take Down Pictures of Crosses

The allowance of Eritrean refugee Michael Abrae, currently held in Holot, was taken away after he refused to remove pictures of crosses he had hung: ‘I am deprived of religious freedom’.

Eritrean Orthodox Crosses of Faith
Absurd. Israeli Prison Service indicts Eritrean migrants in the country for hanging Orthodox pictures of faith and Crosses inside their room wall

By Omri Efraim,

ISRAEL has deprived me of my freedom for an unlimited period of time, and now it wants to take away my faith as well,” said Michael Abrea, an Eritrean asylum seeker held in the Holot detention facility, who was asked to remove photos of crosses he had hung on his room’s walls.

Abrae was indicted by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) after refusing to take down the pictures, and his living allowance was withdrawn.

IPS officials rejected the asylum seeker’s claims, saying that the facility provides freedom of religion, but bans the hanging of pictures of any kind. They added that Abrae had hung additional pictures in his room.  Continue reading Eritrean Asylum Seekers in Israel Ordered to Take Down Pictures of Crosses