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Israel’s Illegal Deportation of 13-year-old Child

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With determination, expediency and callousness, 13-year-old Rohan, who is Israeli by circumstance, was deported from Israel, where he was born and raised, and sent to the Philippines, whose connection to him is that his mother is a Filipina who was living illegally in Israel. All Israelis who value morality should be deeply ashamed of this, since they are indirectly responsible for this terrible deportation, which was carried out in their name by their country, by their government.

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In the face of this moral injustice, media outlets beat the claim into the brains of Israelis that the deportation was legal because the state has the right to expel people living in the country illegally. It does not.

The argument is similar to the argument that the state, whose criminal code authorizes it to punish offenders, has the authority to punish an individual however it sees fit, even without legal process designed to prevent false convictions. Deporting Rohan without allowing him the right to be heard at the administrative and judicial level is tantamount to imposing a criminal sentence without judicial process. Israel violated his right to be heard and other rights guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. His deportation was illegal and should be rescinded.

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