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Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Study of religion: Asylum seekers and the Hebrew Scriptures

Isabella Pilcher

on 10 June 2013

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Transcript of Asylum Seekers and Refugees

The Book of Leviticus The book of Leviticus is the third of the five books of Moses that comprise the Pentateuch or Torah (Jones, 2000, p.805; Bowker, 1995, p.62). It is a series of instructions given by God to Moses as a collection of laws intended for the Israelites to become holy people of god and to distinguish themselves from all other people by the attributes of holiness. Although the Author, for many years was said to have been Moses, Today it can be determined that it was likely the result of priestly editors who worked before and during the Babylonian exile. Scholars have dated Leviticus to the 5th century B.C.E after the 6th century Babylonian exile. Modern State of Israel Like much of Exodus, Leviticus is set at the base of Mount Sinai. Where many of the instructions relate to the use of the tabernacle (The Essential Bible handbook, 2009,p. 41). God speaks to Moses in a tent, the place where God's presence is manifested and where he communicates with the people (The Essential bible Handbook, 2000, p.42). The book of Leviticus Refugees and Asylum Seekers Refugee: are people who have fled their country and cannot return because of 'a well founded fear or persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion' (Senker, 2008). Asylum Seekers: is a person who has fled their own country and has applied protection as a refugee. Since the Norwegian freighter MV Tampa, carrying 433 rescued refugees was refused entry to Australian waters and caused major controversy, the arrival of Asylum seekers and refugees into Australia has increasingly continued. Today, Immigration detention centres across Australia are reaching record highs. Throughout 2011-2012 a total number of 19,370 people were held in immigration detention centres around Australia, 14,438 of which were unauthorised arrivals by boat, 4,932 who had arrived by plane without authorisation Reading sacred stories in a 21st century Australian context

By Isabella Pilcher God, acting through Moses, brought the Israelites out of Egypt and lead them across the Red Sea, through the desert to Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments and later after 40 years arrived at the promised land. Moses and the Israelites 'alien' in Australia in Egypt Laws of Fairness: 'Standards of measurement varied between districts'. Stone weights used during the time of Leviticus, their values are inscribed in Hebrew, this was the Israelite system of weights Sura XVI, in The Qur'an God commands justice, the doing Of good, and liberality to Kith giving an order, suggesting that it is important Just behaviour and treatment or being fair and reasonable giving freely to one's friends or acquaintances The commission regularly checks the conditions Some breaches of Human Rights
'Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate, including medical care and social services' 'Everyone is entitled to all rights without discrimination of any kind, such as religion or other status' 'No one shall be subjected to degrading treatment' Akram Azimi Young Australian of the Year 2013 - overcrowding
- insufficient recreational facilities - lack of facilities such as health and mental care services Refugee from war-torn Afghanistan, aged 13 when arrived in Australia
became school captain, studying law, Science and Arts at University of Western Australia
Works with young indigenous Australians and promotes the Polio vaccine
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