Relatives of homosexual father Dan Goldberg, who has been forced to spend the past two months in India with his twins born of a surrogate mother since a family court judge refused to approve a paternity test, protested outside the Interior Ministry on Monday and urged Interior Minister Eli Yishai to intervene. The demonstrators carried signs with pictures of the twins that read: "Itai and Liron want to come home."
Monday's protest (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Dan's brother, Tzahi Shaked said, "These are two small children that have no government support, no infant welfare, no vaccinations, insurance, money or identity. Only a childless person would be unable to understand what is going on. We want the children to be accepted as part of the State. These are two young children in need of help. Liron has just started smiling and her grandmother can only see her through Skype.
Dan Goldberg with his children in India
"We cannot do anything against the large monster called the Interior Ministry. Yesterday I had to send them Similac (baby formula) from Israel so they would have food, the imperviousness breaks my heart."Knesset Member Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) was also present at the demonstration and said, "This is a humanitarian matter of the most basic nature – two twins, babies, who are stuck with their Israeli father in India. His money has run out and he is not capable of caring for them.
"In addition, they are not receiving basic healthcare. They are stuck in a completely absurd situation, and find themselves being dumped from one ministry to another, and from one judge to another, as if they are criminals. Unfortunately, there is more than an ounce of prejudice here. If it wasn’t a couple of men, I am certain we would not have reached this situation."
Local celebrity Gal Uchovsky was also at the protest, and said, "I sense that the interior minister is doing everything in his power to harm the homo-lesbian community. Despite his bragging about his place as a minister in Israel who represents all its citizens, and while he considers himself a representative of God, he does not have a shred of compassion. It's one thing against foreigners, but also against certain Jews."