Saloum. This is Michael Decker here from the offices of Cohen Decker Pex and Brosh today I wanted to discuss a bit more about the law of return. and specifically about the rights of family members of Jews and regarding assimilation and Jews who became members of other religions. First of all the law of the return was enacted in 1950 and upon its conception it was formulated in a new way whereby it stated that every Jew can immigrate to Israel following two Supreme Court cases which created political uprisings specifically a case of someone whose name was Daniel Refizen and someone else whose name was Benyamin Shalit in 1970. The second amendments to the Law of Return were added and in this amendments. A Jew was defined in Section 4 B to the law of return as someone who has a Jewish mother or a Konger to Judaism and that this person is not a member of another religion. In addition because a Jew was defined and until then also family members were able to immigrate the legislator added an additional section called Section 4 AA to the law of return which basically stipulated that also a spouse of a Jew a child a Jew or grandchild of a Jew or the spouse of a child of a jew or a grandchild of a jew can immigrate as well. Even though they are not defined as Jews in accordance to the definition which I just explained that is given to a Jew in Section 4B to the law of return as time went by the definition of who is a Jew was applied in practical cases and for example there was the case of a petitioner whose name was Gary Bersfered who was Christian or he defines himself as messianic Jewish And he tried to emigrate and he argued that he is not a member of another religion. and that he believes in the New Testament and Jesus does not constitute a change of religion. He submitted a petition to the Supreme Court and he lost. And it was defined that a Jew who basically adheres to the Christian religion changed his religion. and he's therefore not entitled to immigrate as a Jew in accordance with the law of return. However, this only applies to Jews and family members of Jews should be able to immigrate to Israel regardless of their religious beliefs because they are defined as Jews, to begin with. In addition, if someone has a Jewish mother that changed her religion before this person was born this person. could argue that he is not Jewish by definition either because his mother lost her Jewishness because of the definition of the law of return because she changed her religion and therefore the child of the mother. Can immigrate as a non-Jewish grandchild of Jewish grandparents through the mother that changed her religion but the grandparents did not change their religion. And practically people were actually given citizenship. The Interior Ministry did not like this. And the Interior Ministry tried to minimize the number of active members of other religions to migrate to Israel as family members of Jews and in the case of a petitioner whose name was Zeev Izzik the Interior Ministry did not want to give you citizenship due to the fact that she was an active missionary. Even though he claimed that he was not Jewish by definition because his mother changed her religion before he was born his father was Jewish and did not change his religion ever and his grandparents both on his father and his mother side were all Jewish. So he argued that because he's not Jewish by definition because his mother wasn't Jewish because she changed her religion before he was born he should be able to immigrate regardless of his religious affiliation and regardless of his religious activities The Supreme Court headed by Justice Chanan Meltzer rejected his petition. The supreme court basically ruled that to grant citizenship to someone who is an active missionary and to someone whose mother was entitled to immigrate but lost her eligibility because she changed her religion would contradict the objective of .This is basically the precedent set based on the Isaacs case and the case of the Muslim woman. So as of today if you're a family member of a jew you can immigrate if you're a member of another religion. On the face of things only if you have only a Jewish parent or a Jewish grandparent and not if you have a parent who was a Jew and changed his religion because that would break the chain. I hope that this was clear. If you have any questions you can feel free to ask us and if you have any legal situation where we need help you can also feel free to contact us. Thank you for your time.
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