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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century                                                   

State of Israel

Israel has a technologically advanced market economy with substantial, though diminishing, government participation. It depends on imports of crude oil, grains, raw materials, and military equipment. Despite limited natural resources, Israel has intensively developed its agricultural and industrial sectors over the past 20 years. Israel imports substantial quantities of grain but is largely self-sufficient in other agricultural products. Cut diamonds, high-technology equipment, and agricultural products (fruits and vegetables) are the leading exports.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you.  You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street.  Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public … and how they abuse each other.  Would you like to write about market children? homeless children?  Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc.  There is a lot to the subject of Street Children.  Scan other countries as well as this one.  Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions.  Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.


Domestic violence on the rise

Miri Hasson, Yedioth, November 3, 2005,7340,L-3163867,00.html

[accessed 2 June  2011]

Ilanit Barbi, the director of the newly-founded Adi Center for Girls, explained that "there are currently no appropriate frameworks for girls in the community, which can provide both an alternative for school and for home. As a result of this, more and more girls end up wandering the streets, and their situation consequently worsens."


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Runaways - Where To Turn For Help Before You Are Homeless

Rebeccas Community -- This is for anyone aged up to 13 years old who is thinking about running away

[accessed 1 June 2011]

Here are the best phone numbers to call …They are Confidential - which means they won't tell anyone about your call unless you want them to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger.  They are open 24 Hours - it doesn't matter what time you call.  In Israel, call 1-800-654-111

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 9 February 2020]

SECTION 6 WORKER RIGHTS – [d] The minimum employment age is 15, and there are special conditions for employment between 15 and 18. The law prohibits minors from working at night, hard labor, and travel beyond their domicile. However, many underage children worked in family farms and shops, as street vendors, or in small manufacturing enterprises.

ELEM - Youth In Distress in Israel


[accessed 2 June  2011]

[accessed 18 December 2016]

OUR PROGRAMS -OUTREACH VANS - The “Children of the Night” vans operate in city back streets where runaway youth congregate. The vans sweep through public parks, beaches, and entertainment centers, abandoned areas and prostitution haunts where poverty-stricken children loiter. Van personnel, professional and volunteers, offer immediate help to homeless and drifting youngsters.

Live & Learn - Rehabilitating Israeli Youth

[accessed 9 May 2012]

40% of Israeli youth live below the poverty line

More than 70,000 Israeli youth are regular drug users.

Israel has seen a 20% increase in drug-related crimes involving minors, as well as an increase in violent incidents in schools.

More than 25% of homeless youth in Israel are female, with many drawn into the sex industry as a means of survival.

Boyz in the 'hood

Tali Heruti-Sover, Haaretz, 28.05.2009

[accessed 2 June  2011]

And manage they did. 'The daily need to survive made you develop sharp instincts,' recalls Moshe Kahlon. 'From a very young age we were forced to cope with difficulties that most people never encounter.'   Making a living was the biggest hurdle. Each day, from the time he was 14, he headed to the sea at 3 A.M., to fish or mend nets. At 7:15, he says, he would board the transportation to school.   The local garbage dump was another source of income. Itzik Haddad, whose family moved in when he was 5 years old, and has lived on Hasharon Street ever since, recalls how children used to spend hours scavenging at the dump for lead or copper, which they would then sell to merchants who came by. No one asked whether that was permissible. The parents did not object.   'We were street children,' recalls Rony Hizkiyahu. ?No one had the time or ability to invest what we, later, invested in our own children. They wanted us to grow up, to go to school and to the synagogue. As far as the parents were concerned, that was enough.'

'The children who were in the street were not good pupils,' Hizkiyahu says, 'and there were no great expectations. The parents were too busy. As the teacher?s children, we had to excel, so as not to shame the family name, but it wasn't that difficult, because the studies were, anyway, at a very low level. When we reached high school in Hadera, we had to close huge gaps.'

Since the homes had little to offer, the relations between the neighborhood children were strong and cohesive, and the open houses and family connections strengthened them: 'There was no money, but there was friendship,' Haddad recalls nostalgically. 'We were all one family.'   'No one locked anything. Everybody knew everybody else,' recalls neighbor Haim Guetta, who recently returned after years of living in Netanya, where he felt lonely. 'I owned one book, ?Around the World in 80 Days,? but I used to go to Haddad?s father, who had a big library. If I was hungry, I could always go to one of the neighbors, who would set a table as if I were one of her own children. There wasn't much, but there was a zest for life.'   Moshe Kahlon does not tend to wax nostalgic. 'From an early age, every child sensed his parents' pain,' he says. 'It was impossible not to do so. They were new immigrants, they lacked the language, they were not familiar with the establishment and they heavily depended on us. It was our luck that in the 1960s the state invested in the young generation. They build centers and clubs for extra-curricular activities, and did all they could, so that we wouldn’t roam the streets.'

Post-IDF Volunteers’ Next Mission: Help Indian Street Children

The Algemeiner, 21 December 2014

[accessed 21 December 2014]

Some 30 young Israelis, backpackers who recently completed their mandatory army service, have returned from a trek to India on the premier mission of the “Helpers Without Borders,” NGO, Israel’s NRG News reported Sunday.   The group aims to bring altruism to the time worn Israeli tradition of post-army travel.

The group, who mainly volunteered in Mumbai slums and taught children crafts and life skills, served as goodwill ambassadors from Israel to the world. ”Everyone of us has a different talent,” Adi Cohemogen told the Indian newspaper.   “A lot of the girls are good at teaching crafts and first aid, and the boys in combat, so they have been teaching Krav Maga,” a Blue and White martial arts system, according to Cohemogen, who taught dance.   The rough and tumble self-defense training was meant to teach self-protection techniques for girls living in shelters, due to recently publicized reports of high rates of rape in India.'

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