In an interview with Arutz 7, Yoel Marshak of the Kibbutz Movement said that the kibbutzim would do whatever it takes to ensure that the children of illegal foreign workers are not deported, along with their families. Currently, the government plans on deporting 400 of the children who do not meet criteria for remaining in the country, along with their families.
“We will gather up the children who are to be deported and host them on kibbutzim all around the country,” Marshak said. “We will not hide them from the police, but will proudly show we are hosting them. The police are invited.” When asked why the kibbutzim did not take similar action when Jews were deported from their homes in Gush Katif, Marshak said that although the removal of Jews from their home then had been legal, it was very divisive because there had been no referendum before the withdrawal from Gaza. “I hope that in any future Israeli withdrawals, of even a meter of land, there will be a referendum so we can make a democratic decision,” he said.