African Asylum seekers Fear in Israel
As the Israeli government rapidly moves forward with a legislative amendment that would create "open detention centres" to hold thousands of African asylum seekers
The asylum seekers would then be forcibly transferred to so-called "open detention centres" that are locked down at night. They will be held there indefinitely, without charge or trial, until they can be repatriated to their home countries.
"People can be sent there without trial. Any complaint from an employer or a neighbour or a cop could get them thrown into the open centre," said Marc Grey, spokesperson for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
African Women forced on Birth Control or Sterilized in Israel.
Ms Eyal and other activists say the birth rate in the Ethiopian community has halved in the past 10 years. Her group is one of six that asked the Israeli health ministry to clarify the use of the drug Depo-Provera among Ethiopians.
In 2009, Ms Eyal supervised a study that showed 57 per cent of all Depo-Provera users in Israel were Ethiopian although their community comprised less than 2 per cent of the population.
Medical staff have pressured women to take the contraceptive at Israeli-linked transit centres inside Ethiopia that prepare them for immigration to Israel, according to a report last month by Israel Educational Television.
Eight years ago, the report said, officials at the centres threatened to deny an unspecified number of applicants entry into Israel if they refused the drug.