One month into the war in Ukraine, the Knesset’s Interior and Environmental Protection Committee held a special discussion about the government’s policy regarding the absorption of refugees. The debate was requested by MK Gabi Lasky (Meretz) and MK Ron Katz (Yesh Atid), and committee’s chairman MK Walid Taha (Raam) acceded to their request. Many MKs voiced the opinion that Israel should ease the restrictions on the entry of refugees into Israel and treat them with respect and compassion.
Zulat’s Executive Director Einat Ovadia presented Zulat’s position:
“The guiding principle should be a humanitarian attitude toward the people who come here. These are human beings with unique circumstances, requirements, and necessities. We propose to treat them with sensitivity, and to take into account gender, age, health condition, and accessibility. Solutions have been found for some of these issues, but somebody must oversee it. Looking at them as quotas and numbers distances us from their emotional state of mind. They fled the war but their basic needs, such as education and food, are not over. Is anyone checking that a solution is found for people with disabilities? The majority are women and children. Is anybody checking that they have not been subjected to exploitation or trafficking?”
Watch Einat Ovadia’s full remarks: