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About Zina Smith and David Sheen

Zina Smith is a graduate student in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, completing her thesis on asylum seekers in Israel. She also works as the Funding and Campaigns Officer for The Disability Foundation

David Sheen, is a journalist, activist, documentarian and designer, orginally from Canada, and currently living in Israel. Alongside actively blogging online and making documentaries, Sheen regularly contributes articles for a wide array of publications. He is currently on a month-long speaking tour in the USA, to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers in Israel


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Taking the mask off: Asylum seekers in Israel

‘In this land, rights are determined by being part of an ethnic tribe, not the human tribe’. In interview with Zina Smith, activist David Sheen argues that recent protests by African asylum seekers hold a mirror up to Israel.

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