The state sought to deny her residency status despite her many years in Israel and her Israeli sister and daughter. The population authority is revisiting the case

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz) |

The Interior Ministry has refused to grant residency status to an Ethiopian woman and acted to deport her, even though she has lived in Israel for over two decades, was married to an Israeli for more than 10 years and her sister and daughter are Israeli citizens.

Around two months ago the appeals tribunal for status and residency in Jerusalem ordered that the ministry not deport the woman; instead, it advised an extension of her temporary residency visa, which grants her basic entitlements.

“The Interior Ministry tried to deport a woman who is clearly entitled to live in Israel,” said her lawyer, Tomer Warsha. “Her home is here, and she has an Israeli daughter.”

The woman, 41, has lived in Israel for 24 years. She has a daughter from a former relationship with another Israeli. She left her husband following an especially violent attack, after many years of suffering domestic violence.

“My family is here. In Ethiopia I have nothing,” she told Haaretz. “I have suffered much violence. I can’t see with one eye. I need surgery, but because I didn’t have residency status I couldn’t do it,” she said.

“I worked for him, [her husband] didn’t work. He went to jail twice for beating me. I told the Interior Ministry, but they decided not to let me stay here.”

After leaving her husband, the woman asked the interministerial committee for humanitarian affairs for permanent residency status. The committee denied her request and six months ago the Population and Immigration Authority ordered her to leave Israel.

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