|Founded to give refuge to Jews, Israel torn by what to do with African migrants|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
HOLOT DETENTION CENTER, Israel ó A spartan holding facility in Israelís southern Negev desert has become the latest front in a debate over government policy toward more than 50,000 illegal African migrants, whose presence has posed a challenge to a nation founded as a haven for Jewish refugees.
The migrants, who arrived in Israel in recent years by sneaking across the once-porous desert border with Egypt, are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan. They say they are seeking asylum after escaping war and government repression in their native lands.
Read entire article: Founded to give refuge to Jews, Israel torn by what to do with African migrants