Children of foreign workers in Israel.
(photo credit: Courtesy of 'Israeli Children')
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will debate Sunday a bill calling on
Israel to build a security fence along the Egyptian border.
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The bill was
submitted by MKs from the National Union, United Torah Judaism, Kadima, Israel
Beiteinu and Likud.
Ya’acov Katz (National Union) wrote that legislation
is needed given how easy it is for terrorists to cross the border between the
Sinai Desert and Gaza because most of it is unprotected.
He referred to a
terrorist attack in January 2007 in Eilat in which three Israelis were killed to
prove his point. The terrorist started off from Gaza and reached Eilat via
MKs have filed similar legislation at least three times in the
past few years, but the government has opposed the initiatives.
of MKs headed by Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) has also filed a bill which calls for
granting residential status to children currently living in Israel if they
fulfill a number of conditions, including that the child must be born in Israel,
speak Hebrew, be enrolled or have completed school and has integrated into
According to the bill, once the child fulfills the conditions,
they, as well as their parents and siblings, will be able to receive permanent
residency status. The bill is aimed at solving the problem of some of the 1,200
children of foreign workers who face the threat of deportation at the end of the
year because they lack legal status here.
Another bill to be debated by
the Ministerial Committee on Legislation is sponsored by Shas MKs
Michaeli and Yitzhak Vaknin and would examine all members of the Falash
community in Gondar, Ethiopia, who appear on one of three lists drawn up
aliya activists since 1999. The government has agreed only to
applications from the camp residents who live according to Jewish law,
matrilineal descendants from a Jewish mother and appear on a list drawn
Yaakov Efrati and Rabbi Menahem Waldman in 1999.
Almost all of the people
on this list have immigrated to Israel. Nonetheless, thousands whose
applications have not been examined by the government remain in Gondar
outlying villages. The bill specifically calls for examining the
Falash Mura in Gondar whose names appear on two lists from 2005 and
The government has refused to do so.
A bill aimed at former
Balad chairman Azmi Bishara calls for stopping salary, pension and other
payments to MKs who refuse to show up for police investigations, trials
prison sentences in connection with crimes or suspected crimes for which
punishment is five years or more. Bishara fled from Israel after police
investigate him on suspicion that he spied for Hizbullah in Lebanon.
committee will also discuss a bill sponsored by MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz)
that non-profit organizations that receive a dividend from the income of
commercial companies that they set up to help fund their activities,
have to pay taxes on the dividend.
Attorney Yaron Kedar, a former
registrar of non-profit organizations, wrote in support of the bill that
economic crisis that started in late 2008 badly hurt non-profit
because contributions dropped drastically.
The current bill would help
the nonprofit organizations continue to function and maintain their
by not having to rely on government subsidies to continue operating.