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Restrooms for Refugees - Israel

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Raised by 67 people in 13 months
We were on the ground at the Asylum Registration "center" at the Population Immigration & Border Authority office (PIBA) in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv (Israel).

Picture a parking lot with hundreds of people waiting every single day without any infrastructure other than barriers.

African refugees come here to seek asylum. Most of them are young families - women, children and men. What we also learned it that most of them have already lived and worked in Israel for many years - and speak fluent Hebrew - but they are still considered as "infiltrators".

How can we as a nation treat humans with absolutely no dignity and not even provide the most basic human necessities such as a toilet.

Everyday they are waiting for hours - some days in the rain. Usually they have to come back multiple times until someone takes care of their paperwork. Some sleep there to be first in line the next morning. This is to only hand in the paperwork.

There is no shelter, no seating, no garbage can or sanitary facility.

We delivered two public restrooms. We paid out-of-pocket for a month rental & cleaning once per week, totaling in ILS 2,000 (CAD 750/ USD 600) - hoping to find a solution with government officials soon.

Yet, it is not enough, especially in order to fulfill the responsibility of caring for the stranger. They need daily cleaning and we need at least 4-5 more toilets. Additional money can go into providing snacks & water, seating and garbage cans.

We require support!

Please help us achieve a more dignified treatment of refugees in Israel.

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Thank you,

Phillipa & Dominique & Alphonse
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Thank you so very much to all my beautiful Vancouver friends-you have all been so supportive of this project. I am so touched and grateful. I have sleepless nights over the treatment of these very dignified people. These toilets are kept so clean by the 1000's that use them. They appreciate them so much. There is no indication whatsoever that the Israeli Government is planning to develop any infrastructure at this site. Hence, if we had not rented these toilets and another charity had not followed and erected tents for shade, then the Refugees would still be expected to stand for countless hours without seating, shade or toilets.

With much appreciation to everyone for your contributions. Each contribution shows the Refugees that we care about their wellbeing, acknowledge them as individuals and that we 'walk in their shoes'.

Sincerely,

Phillipa
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We want to thank everyone who has so generously supported our effort to provide restrooms to Refugees in Israel. As I mentioned in the two videos that we posted to FB, I love and support Israel, however, I do not agree with the way the Israeli Government is treating the Refugees. I am referring specifically to the education minister, Naftali Bennett. The following is an open letter I am penning to Mr. Bennett:

Mr. Bennett, You have been given the auspicious role of molding the minds of this nation's youth. A nation that prides itself on ‘Being a Light unto the Nations.’

A nation, who promised to ‘Never Forget’, has an Education Minister who has forgotten, that labeling and symbolization, when accompanied by dehumanization, are steps that can escalate swiftly with resultant dire consequences ( http://genocidewatch.net/genocide-2/8-stages-of-genocide/). The word ‘Infiltrator’ has only negative connotations. It is a dangerous word that has the potential to sew seeds of suspicion and causes one to look at the supposed ‘Infiltrator’ as ‘the other’. I implore you to abide by the Biblical injunction ‘. ‘Do not ill-treat a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in Egypt’’ as according to Rabbi Eliezer in the Talmud (Baba Metsia 59b) the Torah “warns against the wronging of a stranger in thirty-six places.”(Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.)

A stranger, in particular, is sensitive to his or her status within society. He or she is an outsider. Strangers do not share with the native-born a memory, a past, a sense of belonging. They are conscious of their vulnerability. Therefore we must be especially careful not to wound them by reminding them that they are not “one of us.”

The word ‘infiltrator’ is a word that wounds. Please apologize for your utilization of this damaging and loaded word to the youth who you are responsible for educating. You send youth to Poland to learn about the perils of discrimination-however these trips to Poland are defunct if the genesis of discrimination -LABELING- is adopted and espoused by the man responsible for educating Israel's youth. This lapse in this Israeli government’s judgment can be forgiven and can serve as a reminder to all, that leaders can and do make mistakes, and that great leaders apologize for their errors and rise above them.
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I would like to thank everyone for their generosity. Due to the outpouring of support we have ordered two more toilets. Hence, there will now be 4 toilets at the site. I truly believe that from one good act many others flowho and this has been the situation at the Refugee site in Bnei Brak. An individual saw the toilets and realized that we are all able to improve the situation for the refugees at this site. So this wonderful person organized that 6 tents be delivered to protect the refugees from the elements!

With much appreciation to all of you for contributing toward these toulets- a basic human necessity that provides dignity.
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