US Jewish groups urge Netanyahu not to deport African migrants

A coalition of American Jewish groups has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to uphold a deal reached with the UN to resettle some 40,000 African migrants and not deport them to unnamed African countries.

The letter sent Thursday urged Netanyahu “to re-commit to an agreement with the UN refugee agency [UNHCR] to guarantee the safety of the 39,000 asylum seekers currently within their borders.”

The letter comes following a dramatic about-face late Monday evening in which Netanyahu announced he was canceling a new agreement with the UN’s refugee agency that would have seen thousands of African migrants resettled in Western nations and thousands more given temporary status in Israel. The prime minister froze the deal mere hours after announcing the plan.

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