Hundreds Protest Outside Israeli Prison Where Children of Filipina Workers Are Being Held

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Israeli school kids, Filipino workers and their children take part at a protest against deportation of children's of Filipino workers outside Givon Prison in Ramla, October 31, 2019. Photo by Avshalom Shoshoni/Flash90

JERUSALEM (VosIzNeias) — Hundreds of students, their teachers and parents protested outside a prison near Tel Aviv where two Israeli-born children of Filipina workers are being held ahead of deportation to the Philippines.

The children are being detained by the Population and Immigration Authority, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

Gena Antigo, 13, was detained as she headed out to the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium School in Tel Aviv. Ralph Harel, 10, also is being held. The children are being held with their mothers, Haaretz reported.

They were taken into custody despite an understanding with the Interior Ministry that immigration authorities would not target children at or on their way to or from school.

Hearings have not been held for the children and their mothers.

A Tel Aviv District Court judge ordered an appeals court to make a decision by Sunday on their continued detention.

“We’ve been walking to school together for years, go to each other’s’ houses, we’re like sisters,” Gena’s best friend Sivan told Haaretz. “I’m scared she won’t be here with me anymore. I don’t know why they want to deport her, she’s a wonderful girl. I’m going to demonstrate with all my friends so they release her.”

Israeli school kids, Filipino workers and their children take part at a protest against deportation of children’s of Filipino workers outside Givon Prison in Ramla, October 31, 2019. Photo by Avshalom Shoshoni/Flash90
Israeli school kids, Filipino workers and their children take part at a protest against deportation of children’s of Filipino workers outside Givon Prison in Ramla, October 31, 2019. Photo by Avshalom Shoshoni/Flash90
Israeli school kids, Filipino workers and their children take part at a protest against deportation of children’s of Filipino workers outside Givon Prison in Ramla, October 31, 2019. Photo by Avshalom Shoshoni/Flash90

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8 COMMENTS

  1. 2 children on their way from school are thrown in jail and this is the stupidity you come up with? No wonder everyone’s leaving the derech. Zero empathy and just senseless hating non stop from the frum community.

  2. Very dumb public relations move by Israel. Letting thousands and thousands of all sorts of other illegal aliens roam around undisturbed but jailing two kids who were on their way to school? Not the way to do things. I bet these two kids would serve well in the IDF unlike some Yidden claiming all sorts of exemptions.

  3. I agree that from a public relations point of view, the Israeli government, made a blunder, and a very bad decision to detain school children, who have not broken any laws, and were born in EY. Even though they are technically not citizens of Israel, there are administrative/legal ways to go about deporting the Mothers and their children, without jailing everyone. A shanda!!

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