Israel Approves Orthodox Conversion Bill

by Admin on June 26, 2017

Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a law on Sunday that gives the authority over all conversions to the Chief Rabbinate effectively granting it monopoly in cases of conversions to Judaism.

The law was initiated by the Shas and United Torah Judaism parties and would circumvent a March 2016 Supreme Court ruling that allowed those undergoing private Orthodox conversions in Israel to become citizens under the Law of Return.

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The bill is strongly opposed by Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, both of the Yisrael Beiteinu party who announced that they will file an appeal to prevent “the Knesset from advancing the law until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decides to raise the law for discussion and vote at the weekly cabinet meeting,” according to ArutzHYPERLINK “” HYPERLINK “”Sheva.

“The conversion law, in its present form, disturbs all those who try and want to be close to Judaism, which harms the conversion system of the rabbis of Tzohar, and harms the chances of many citizens in Israel who immigrated to Israel under the Law of Return and serve in the army,” Liberman said

“I call upon my comrades in the national camp to return to sanity, to prevent the rift within the Jewish people and to follow in the footsteps of Herzl, Jabotinsky and Max Nordau,” he added.

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