Despite what some people think, asylum seekers didn’t come to Israel to work; they came here fleeing persecution, and they work in order to support themselves. But without that work, it is impossible to survive.
For the refugee community, it is a very short fall from unemployment to hunger to homelessness — along with thousands of Israeli-born children.
Individual Israelis and local organizations are trying their best to step in and help. You can join them by donating to an emergency fund to buy food and other immediate essentials for asylum seekers who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus here.
Tamara Newman is a Tel Aviv based writer and activist.