Sudan blasts Israel over kindness to refugees

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Israel's relative kindness towards refugees fleeing from a prolonged Arab massacre in Sudan's Darfur region is angering government officials in Khartoum.

Sudanese Interior Minister Zubair Bashir Taha on Monday accused Israel of purposely encouraging the Darfur refugees to seek asylum in the Jewish state in an effort to make his country look bad, reported Israel Radio.

Taha had no such harsh words for neighboring Egypt, where Sudanese refugees are mistreated and where many have been killed by government forces.

In fact, it was only after the Sudanese learned, contrary to everything the mainstream Arab press had taught them, that the Jews would not likewise mistreat them that the refugees began fleeing Egypt for Israel.

The influx of Sudanese has been a source of heated debate in Israel, which fears absorbing the refugees due to the political implications such a move would have vis-à-vis the so-called “Palestinian refugees.”

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