Haaretz, Feb. 11, 2016


'My problem is only that I’m not Jewish. But does that mean I’m not a human being?' asks Elsa Kodrashova.


The Israeli authorities contacted Kodrashova and asked her to come to Israel urgently to look after her nephews.

“Kodrashova was called by social services to look after the children after their mother died,” the Haifa municipality wrote in a letter. Kodrashova rushed to Moscow, got a passport and the Israeli consulate issued her a visa. She landed in Israel a week after her sister died.

Since then she has been raising the children.

[...] She has no pension, and over the years she has spent thousands of shekels to renew her work visa every six or 12 months.