Israeli immigration officers arrest African asylum seekers during a protest outside the Israeli parliament following a three days march from the Negev Desert to Jerusalem, on December 17, 2013. Over 150 Asylum seekers who were being held at the Holot detention facility had not shown up for the evening lockdown on Sunday night. They marched to Beer Sheva, more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, where they spent the night at the central bus station in freezing wintry conditions, and on the morning of the 16th started the march to Jerusalem to protest against the Israeli government policy regarding refugees. Israeli law allows immigration authorities to jail African asylum seekers without a trial for a period of three years, while the state refuses to check individual asylum requests. They spent the second night in Kibbutz Nachshon. Israeli immigration officers arrested all the immigrants who took part in the march, sending them back to prison.