|TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JULY 10: A holds a flag of South Sudan as Sudanese refugees living in Tel Aviv celebrate independence from the Republic of Sudan on July 10, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as independent state. South Sudan became a state on July 9 after it separated from the north, with its capital in Juba, following a vote for independence. The country was recognized on July 8 by the government of Sudan. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Human rights groups have objected to Israel's handling of the Africans, saying the government does not do enough to differentiate between economic migrants and genuine asylum-seekers.
Five years ago, when the number of Africans in Israel was in the hundreds, rather then the thousands, the Jewish state's policies toward the group was touted as an example to other nations.