Finding Refuge: Can Non-Jews Seek Asylum in the Jewish State?


The Tucson Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road
Tucson , AZ


Mon, 02/01/2016 - 7:00pm to Fri, 08/12/2022 - 7:18pm

In 1950, the young State of Israel, along with a number of Jewish organizations, played a leading role in drafting the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. This treaty has become the foundation for the international community’s commitment to shelter refugees through its promise that no person should be forced to return to a country where she faces a well-founded fear of persecution. Yet, Israel itself received very few asylum-seekers until the 21 Century. But in recent years, tens of thousands of asylum-seekers have sought safe haven in Israel, most of them from Sudan and Eritrea. Israeli leaders have responded harshly, calling the influx a threat to Israel’s Jewish identity. Given Israel’s location in a region rife with human rights abuses, it is an urgent matter to determine whether Israel can be expected to provide protection to non-Jews who — but for their fears of persecution — would not be allowed to remain in the country.
The speaker for this lecture will be Prof. Michael Kagan.  Prof. Kagan brings a unique perspective to the study and practice of immigration law, having spent 10 years building legal aid programs for refugees throughout the Middle East and Asia. He has written several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law, which have been relied on by multiple federal courts of appeals, and by courts in Israel and New Zealand.
This lecture will take place at the Jewish Community Center 3800 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718 and will begin at 7pm. Arrive early for seating
This lecture is Free and Open to the public.