RAMALLAH, October 4 (JMCC) - Pressure is increasing within Israel
to halt the deportation of hundreds of children of migrant worker deemed illegal, reports the Jerusalem Post
education minister Gideon Sa'ar recently sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
asking him to stop the deportations, scheduled to take place next week after the end of a series of holidays.
Following a cabinet decision on August 1, hundreds of the 1,200 children of foreign workers in Israel face the possibility of deportation.Read
These include children who don’t face the criteria set by the cabinet, including that their parents entered Israel legally, they speak Hebrew, and are at least five-years-old and enrolled in the first grade. If they were not born in Israel, they must have come before age 13, have been in Israel for at least five years and be under the age of 18. In addition, children of parents listed as “diplomatic workers” are not eligible for permanent status.
It is still unclear how many of the said children will be deported.
the story at the Jerusalem Post