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Posted: Apr 11, 2014 10:41 AM

Updated: Apr 11, 2014 10:41 AM

HOLOT DETENTION FACILITY, Israel (AP) Hundreds of African migrants have gathered in Israel's Negev desert to eat matzo and recall the Passover story, mere steps away from a detention facility where they are being held.

The symbolic Passover seder Friday, a festive meal to be held by Jews around the world Monday, was organized to draw attention to the plight of Israel's migrants, who themselves fled persecution and conflict, yet face detention under the country's infiltrators law.

Israel has struggled with how to deal with the African migrants, who number around 50,000.

The migrants' presence has challenged Israel, founded in part as a refuge for Holocaust survivors after World War II. Some believe it has a responsibility to help the downtrodden, while others fear taking in so many Africans will threaten the country's Jewish character.

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