By Simon Rocker
March 8, 2010
As if there were not enough controversy over conversions already, here is yet another way to make converts feel like second-class citizens.
Ha’aretz reports on a Knesset bill being proposed by David Rotem, MK for the Yisrael Beteinu.
“The bill proposes that the Law of Return only be applicable to Jews or their offspring, and not to non-Jews who opted to convert - even if the conversion follows Orthodox procedure in line with state religious courts in Israel,” the newspaper says.
It is “the result of negotiations he held with both Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party. According to this legislation, conversion - even if done in Israel - will be insufficient basis for requesting Israeli citizenship.”
Let's hope the idea is quickly buried.