ISRAEL

As Passover began, this Editorial by Shauna Leven was published in the International Business Times Passover 2014: Israel’s Detention of Children is a Betrayal of the Exodus.

Shauna Leven is the Director of René Cassin, a London-based organisation that protects universal human rights drawing on Jewish experience and values and is a campaign endorser.

A new campaign of the End Child Detention in Israel Coalition, which includes the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, the “Israeli Children” project of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, presents the simplest alternative to child detention – creating a position of case workers who will be responsible for coordinating between the migrant families and Israeli immigration authorities.

These case workers will ensure the well-being of the children involved and allow the State of Israel to avoid using the current default practice when dealing with children without legal status – detention, sometimes for prolonged periods of time. In addition, the case workers will increase the cooperation of the families with authorities.

Read more about alternatives to child detention in Israel here.

These alternatives have proven successful worldwide and their adoption in Israel would greatly decrease the mental harm done to children in the process of deportation.

A new campaign of the End Child Detention in Israel Coalition, which includes the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, the “Israeli Children” project of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, presents the simplest alternative to child detention – creating a position of case workers who will be responsible for coordinating between the migrant families and Israeli immigration authorities.

These case workers will ensure the well-being of the children involved and allow the State of Israel to avoid using the current default practice when dealing with children without legal status – detention, sometimes for prolonged periods of time. In addition, the case workers will increase the cooperation of the families with authorities.

Read more about alternatives to child detention in Israel here.

These alternatives have proven successful worldwide and their adoption in Israel would greatly decrease the mental harm done to children in the process of deportation.

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