How jailed asylum seekers are taking over Israeli Facebook feeds


If you’re a Hebrew speaker you’re probably asking yourself how your Facebook feed suddenly filled up with quotes from asylum seekers in the “Holot” detention facility. Well, it’s because a new online campaign called “Voices from Holot” launched Sunday, allowing you to to share any number of quotes collected from interviews with asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, all of whom are imprisoned in the “Holot” and “Saharonim” prisons.

A number of human rights organizations are behind the campaign, among them the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Assaf. The campaign is scheduled to go on for a week, and it has been taking off so far. Hundreds of people have already shared statuses from asylum seekers. Among those sharing have been Israeli celebrities and writers.