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(photo credit: Ariel Schalit/AP)
The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday joined the chorus of groups and
individuals calling on the government to reverse its decision to deport children
of foreign workers and their families.
The ADL called on the government
to extend, on humanitarian grounds, the protection of legal status to all of the
children of foreign workers now in Israel rather than create a distinction that
would result in about 400 of them being deported. The organization said it would
be more humane to apply Israel’s new policy for determining whether children of
foreign workers can stay in Israel to future cases.
“The issue of status
for the children of foreign workers is complex, and the government of Israel has
had to weigh numerous considerations, including the impact on Israeli society,
current Israeli immigration law, and the impact on the families of these foreign
workers,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director.
being said, the 400 children now in Israel who do not meet the guidelines for
legal status as determined by Israel’s new policy should be grandfathered in and
permitted to stay on humanitarian grounds. Going forward, this new policy
can be implemented.”
The ADL’s statement echoes those of many of Israel’s
human rights organizations as well as dozens of liberal ministers and
On August 1, the cabinet established criteria for children of
foreign workers to remain legally in Israel.
Under this new policy, an
estimated 800 children of foreign workers will be permitted to stay in
country, and approximately 400 children who do not meet these conditions
be deported within a month.