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Yishai. Influenced by Oscars?
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Yishai postpones deportation of foreign kids
Interior minister decides to postpone by several months deportation of foreign workers' kids who attend Israeli schools
Interior Minister Eli Yishai has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority to postpone by several months the deportation of foreign workers' children who attend Israeli schools, such as the Bialik-Rogozin School whose students stared in the Oscar-winning short documentary "Strangers No More."

 

Minister Yishai said, "Upon the completion of all necessary preparations, out of utmost care, I have instructed that enforcement pertaining to families with kids who attend Israeli educational establishments will be postponed for several months and focus at this stage on families with kids who do not meet the government's standards."

 

The Immigration Authority said in response: "We face a sensitive and complex task like most of the tasks we were forced to carry out thus far."

 

The Israeli Children organization welcomed the decision but called to withdraw the deportation completely.

 

"Sadly this declaration doesn't remove the threat of deportation and adds more anxiety to the daily lives of the families and kids. The time has come to address the real problems such as the lack of immigration laws in Israel. The children are not the problem and their deportation is not the solution."  

 

Sources close to the minister recently remarked that the documentary film had no affect on Minister Yishai.

 

"Strangers No More", by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, tells the story of Bialik-Rogozin's students, 1st-12th graders who come from more than 48 different countries.

 

 

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