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New essay from Network partner Sarah S. Willen

"On the Deliberate Traumatization of Migrants’ Children”

In Israel, as in the United States, children have become pawns in government efforts to expel migrants -- despite clear evidence that arresting, detaining, and deporting children violates their human rights and has long-term traumatic effects. Policies like these demand our swift, strong, and emphatic condemnation.

arge Hebrew banner reads, “Don’t deport children.” Smaller sign reads, “Why do you want to deport me?”
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United Children of Israel

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Our network partner Sarah S. Willen has written an essay on what's happening to children of undocumented migrants in Israel. The essay is published on the blog Youth Circulations

Read the full post here: http://www.youthcirculations.com/blog/2019/9/5/strongon-the-deliberate-traumatization-of-migrants-childrenstrong

 

Plakat “Don’t deport the children!”
Photo:
United Children of Israel

In Israel, as in the United States, children have become pawns in government efforts to expel migrants -- despite clear evidence that arresting, detaining, and deporting children violates their human rights and has long-term traumatic effects. Policies like these demand our swift, strong, and emphatic condemnation.

“We’ve lost our minds,” 80-year-old Holocaust survivor Shalom Janakh said through tears in a short video condemning Israel’s move to deport children born to unauthorized migrant parents. Janakh’s beloved young neighbors, 9-year-old Michael and 5-year-old Shira, were recently arrested and detained by the Israeli immigration authorities along with their mother, Ishora, who came to Israel from Nepal to work as a caregiver. “This is a shame and a disgrace,” Janakh choked in his heart-rending appeal to Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Dery and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “In my opinion, there should be a 6- or 7- meter wall with the Minister of Interior inside, not these children.”

Holocaust survivor Shalom Janakh, whose young neighbors Michael (9) and Shira (5) were arrested along with their mother and are currently detained. Janakh described Israel’s new policy of deporting families as “a shame and a disgrace.”

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United Children of Israel