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In pictures: Human-rights protesters take over Tel Aviv square

African migrants disappointed at Israel's slow handling of asylum requests demonstrate against a new law allowing indefinite detention. Human-rights activists say more than 300 have been arrested since the law was passed in December, 2013

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African migrants take part in a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014. About 10,000 African migrants, largely from Sudan and Eritrea, protested in central Tel Aviv on Sunday against Israel's slow processing of asylum requests and arrests of hundreds under an Israeli law, approved last month and contested by human rights groups, which entitles the authorities to detain migrants lacking valid visas without charges.

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African migrants gather for a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014. Many live in poor areas of Tel Aviv and say they want asylum and safe haven.

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African migrants take part in a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he views the presence of many of the Africans as a threat to Israel’s Jewish social fabric.

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African migrants hold signs during a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014. A UN official has criticized Israel’s characterization of many of the migrants as ‘infiltrators.’

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African migrants hold signs during a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014. The protests prompted a rare and strongly worded statement from the UN refugee agency.

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African migrants attend a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014. Activists accuse Israeli officials of pressuring refugee claimants to drop their claims.

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African migrants hold signs during a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014.

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African migrants hold a sign during a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv January 5, 2014.

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An African migrant peers from an olive tree during a protest in Rabin's square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 10,000 migrants marched through Tel Aviv Sunday. Protesters said they are on a three-day strike to protest a crackdown on migrants that can lead to incarceration in a newly built detention facility.

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African migrants chant slogans during a protest in Rabin's square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 10,000 migrants marched through Tel Aviv Sunday. Protesters said they are on a three-day strike to protest a crackdown on migrants that can lead to incarceration in a newly built detention facility.

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African migrants protest in Rabin's square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

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African migrants sit on top of a Holocaust memorial installation in Rabin's square, demanding work rights and better treatment from the Israeli government, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

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African migrants sit on top of a Holocaust memorial installation in Rabin's square, after marching in Tel Aviv, demanding work rights and better treatment from the Israeli government, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

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