Two Bedouin-Romanian minors held in Israeli airport

The two minors, aged eight and 12, were meant to visit Israel with their father, a Rahat Beduin, but are held by Security.

By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
December 19, 2017 17:34
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Two Bedouin-Romanian minors held in Israeli airport

Jamil Abu Jama and his children as they landed at Ben Gurion Airport . (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Two minors, aged eight and 12, are currently held by security at Ben Gurion Airport until a decision can be made regarding their planned one month visit in the country. The High Court stayed their deportation to Romania for the time being.

The father of the two children, Jamil Abu Jama, landed in Israel on Monday with the two children as part of a pre-arranged visit that was agreed to by their mother, with whom he had been separated for the last five years. The father claims that he was asked to pay a sum of 60,000 NIS for the two children as bail, which he agreed to, but the procedure was halted and he was told the children will be deported to Romania. ‘’If [their] father had been Jewish,” said Abu Jama, “the children would have entered the country after the bail had been posted.”

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After his attorney, Yasser Abu Jama, appealed to the High Court the court prevented the deportation of the children until a hearing can be held with the participation of both parties. “I planned on using the Christmas vacation [time] so that they would get to know the [Beduin] family and the country, and return them to Romania at the middle of next month.”

He further claimed his children are kept in a room at all times, sleep on chairs and are barred from playing in the yard. The Ministry of Interior refused to discuss details of the case as it is currently being discussed at the High Court.

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