12 December 2019 - 14 Kislev 5780 - י"ד כסלו ה' אלפים תש"פ
A domestic helper and her son deported to the Philippines from Israel E-mail

Possibly one of the longest running court battles in Israel has finally ended with a sad conclusion for domestic worker Rosemary Perez and her 14 year-old son Rohan, who were forced to depart from Israel on 12 August on account of immigration permissions.

Perez had not lived in the Philippines for over a decade, and her son- born in Israel- had never been to the Southeast Asian country.

The incident has caused much uproar and sadness amongst their legal team and the wider Philippine community in the country, who were hoping that she and her son would be granted residency permits to remain in Israel. Even legislators from the Israel’s Knesset Parliament had actively intervened to stop the deportation.

During the majority of her time in Israel over a 12 year period, she was without any visa at all.

However, Perez lived in Tel-Aviv, where the municipality has a policy of accepting all children into its schools- including the children of illegal immigrants.

As a result, Rohan grew up immersed in Israeli culture. He speaks only Hebrew, and his mother and supporters said that this was reason enough for her to be granted a permit to remain.

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