Yes, this whole thing is ridiculous. They are letting in gentiles from the former USSR and muslims from Darfur, but they restrict sincere orthodox converts.
Following arrest of neo-Nazi gang in Petach Tikva, MK says law must be amended to prevent people whose grandfather was Jewish from immigrating to Israel. 'Israel has become a refuge for people whose hearts are filled with hatred of Jews and Zionism,' he says
Published: 09.09.07, 11:09 / Israel Jewish Scene
National Union-NRP MK Effie Eitam said Sunday he would seek to pass a legislation to tighten the Law of Return by barring non-Jews from immigrating to Israel even if their grandfathers are Jewish.
Eitam's initiative followed the arrest of eight youths suspected of membership in a neo-Nazi cell and of violent assaults against religious Jews and other minority groups.
"Israel has become a refuge for people whose hearts are filled with hatred of Jews and Zionism and who have nothing to do with the Jewish people and the State of Israel," Eitam said. "We must amend the loophole in the Law of Return in order to prevent these people from making aliyah."
The Law of Return grants immigrant rights to the children and grandchildren of Jews, and to the spouses of Jews or of the children and grandchildren of Jews.
Eitam claimed that the law enables many people who feel no affinity to Israel to immigrate to the country and enjoy the many benefits it offers new olim. "There are people who immigrate here and have no attachment to Judaism. Some of them even come as Christians, and not only do they not want to convert to Judaism, they also run a non-Jewish lifestyle and build churches.
"The immigration to Israel of non-Jews who do not want to enlist in the army, coupled with the Arab population that lives here, leads to the blurring of the State of Israel's Jewish identity, and this needs to be corrected," he concluded.
Meanwhile, MK Zevulun Orlev, the National Union-NRP chairman, and Labor MK Colette Avital said Sunday they would submit draft bills that would allow for the deportation of neo-Nazis and stripping them of their citizenship after serving a jail term.