Romanians rule Israel ‘too risky’

August 28, 2008

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has complained to the Romanian government after a Bucharest court ruled that two Israeli-born children could not be repatriated due to the danger of terrorism.

Shimon Samuels, the centre's director for international relations, expressed "deep concern" over the case of Tel Aviv-born Ilan, 4, and Ella Rabban, aged 5. He noted that, "apparently, the court has decided that these two Israeli infants, who were removed to Romania by their mother, may not be repatriated ‘as Israel is a country that is the object of terrorism'".

The Centre stressed that it did not question the right of either parent to custody, but that the judgment "would seem to violate anti-discrimination provisions of the European Union, of which Romania is a member. It is also, reportedly, based upon a superficial statement of Amnesty International on terrorism in the State of Israel, as if this were not a universal scourge."

Last updated: 4:02pm, August 28 2008