Ruling on Foreign Converts not Implemented

Religious rights groups heavily criticized the Interior Ministry on Monday for its failure to draw up clear guidelines for the approval of converts who became Jewish abroad and subsequently apply to make aliya under the right of return.

In 2005, the High Court of Justice ordered the ministry and its Population, Immigration and Border Authority to produce clear criteria for accepting or rejecting the request to make aliya made by someone who converted abroad.

In response to questions from The Jerusalem Post, the Interior Ministry said on Monday that it was still utilizing draft criteria to evaluate foreign converts and that new criteria were still being negotiated between the government, the Jewish Agency and religious movements conducting conversions.


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