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The lost children of Israel's foreign workers

Most of the children born to foreign workers in Israel are never granted permanent residency or Israeli nationality and feel rejected by Israeli society.
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Five thousand meals were prepared for a multicultural food, music and art fair held June 4 at the Bascula Club in Tel Aviv. The event was organized by Israeli Children, an organization working to legalize the status of children of foreign workers in Israel. The food stalls attested to the countries of origin of the immigrants, including the Philippines, Sudan (mostly Darfur), South Sudan, Eritrea, India and Colombia. 

The Eritrean stall offered injera, a type of flat sour bread, along with assorted other dishes. The Colombian kitchen served frijoles, a black bean dish, and empanadas made with corn flour. An especially long line stretched from the Philippine stall, which offered tofu-filled steamed rolls. The atmosphere was lively with stalls selling ethnic arts, craft workshops and traditional music and dance performances, including a children’s chorus. 

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