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Migrant workers are not allowed relationships, let alone children, while in Israel.


Israel may deport kids of foreign workers
Migrant workers are not allowed relationships, let alone children, while in Israel.
Children of Israel's migrant workers face deportation
Jessica Griffin / June 29th, 2010
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Children play in an empty lot in Tel Aviv near the central bus station on March 13, 2010. (Jessica Griffin/GlobalPost) Click to enlarge photo

TEL AVIV, Israel — Peering over colorful poster boards, school children chant, “I’m an Israeli child, Israel is my homeland!” But while they were born in Israel, speak Hebrew and sport popular Israeli names, they’re not legally Israeli children: they’re the sons and daughters of Filipino, Thai and Chinese migrant workers.

When the school year ends today, 1,200 of these children are scheduled for deportation. As Israel lacks any formal immigration policy for non-Jews, all regulations regarding migrant workers are at the discretion of the interior minister, Eli Yishai.

Yishai, who is also the head of the ultra-orthodox Shas Party, said strict immigration control is essential to protect the Jewish character of the state. A strong supporter of the deportation plan, he recently threatened to give up his immigration duties if the children are allowed to stay.

“[They are] liable to damage the state’s Jewish identity, constitute a demographic threat and increase the danger of assimilation,” Yishai told Ha’aretz, an Israeli daily....

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