US dad barred from leaving Israel until 9998

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Abraham “Avrumie” Herssein, 44, is one of what is believed to be thousands of foreign nationals barred from leaving Israel under so-called stay-of-exit orders. Photo / Supplied

An American dad is broke, unemployed and “weeks away” from being sent to prison in Israel, where he says he is being held against his will after being slapped with a $2.18 million (US$1.5m) bill for 21 years worth of future child support payments.

Abraham “Avrumie” Herssein, 44, is one of what is believed to be thousands of foreign nationals barred from leaving the country under so-called stay-of-exit orders, commonly granted in divorce proceedings by a secretive system of family and religious courts that activists claim are heavily stacked against fathers.

Herssein, a former senior investment banker with Goldman Sachs, is officially barred from leaving the country until the year 9998 – one year earlier than…

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