Migrant demo 190.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
A four-year-old Filipino girl born in Israel was arrested with her mother
Tuesday morning in Tel Aviv and awaits deportation at a special holding facility
in Ben- Gurion Airport.
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The girl was born in Israel and was enrolled in a
staterun daycare facility but did not meet criteria that would allow her to stay
According to a cabinet decision made last August, children of
foreign workers who did not meet a series of criteria would face
These criteria stipulate that the child studied during the
past school year in an Israeli state school, is enrolled for the next year in
first grade or higher, has lived for five consecutive years in Israel, was born
in Israel or arrived before age 13.
The child’s parents must also have
entered Israel on a valid work visa, and the child must speak
Around 400 of the estimated 1,200 children of foreign workers in
Israel do not meet the criteria to stay in the country.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) announced that the government will delay the
deportation of children enrolled in state-run kindergartens and day schools. The
Population, Immigration and Borders Authority said that the decision did not
apply to children who did not meet those criteria.
According to PIBA
spokesman Sabine Haddad, the decision to arrest the girl and her mother is not
new, in spite of media reports that it was an unprecedented move.
there have been dozens of children who were born in Israel that have been
deported under the state criteria.
The child in question was not in a
state-run compulsory kindergarten and was not even in a state-run preschool. Not
only is she not a borderline case, she is far from being on the borderline of
meeting the state criteria to stay.”
Haddad added that the PIBA has not
deported anyone who is enrolled in state-run kindergarten because they are too
“borderline” to the state’s own criteria, but that they would continue to carry
out the cabinet decision.