The Law of No Return

PERIDOT,

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PERIDOT
PERIDOT is an American writer living abroad.

. . . I'm a Catholic kid who has Jewish blood.” Jay Duplass, American actor, in a Larry King interview - Larry King Now, YouTube, March 28, 2018

Who says you can't go home? – The Law of Return in its current form is in effect “The Law of No Return” for Jewish people who have converted to another religion.

The Law of Return, (5730-1970: 2nd Amendment), states, “. . ."Jew" means a person who was born of a Jewish mother or has become converted to Judaism and who is not a member of another religion." * (emphasis mine)

Jay Duplass and many other Jewish people from around the world in a similar situation could never make Aliyah under the current Law of Return, unless of course they convert to Judaism, which they may not wish to do. The question then arises, “Should the Law of Return differentiate among Jewish people based on their religious practice and beliefs, or should the Right of Return to the Land of Israel for Jewish people be based solely on their Jewish heritage, as was the case when the Law was first made and passed in 1950 by Israel's first Knesset? The Law of Return, (5710-1950), states,Every Jew has the right to come to this country as an Oleh.”  * (emphasis mine)

Israel protects religious freedom and ex‎pression for non-Jews living in the Land - Christians, Muslims, and Baha'is, for example. Furthermore, Gentile converts to Judaism without an ounce of Jewish heritage are viewed as “Jews”, and can make Aliyah under the current Law of Return. However, this is not the case for Jewish people who have converted to Christianity, for example, because those who rule on such matters say, “We do not view these people any longer as Jews because they have converted to another religion, and therefore they are 'dead to us' and can never make Aliyah.” All right, so you consider these Jewish people as no longer Jewish, but what about their Jewish blood - is this not thicker than their religious practice (just saying)?

Differentiating among Jewish people based on their religious practice and beliefs appears to fly in the face of The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, proclaimed on May 14, 1948, and signed by David Ben-Gurion, and Haredi and Religious Zionist Rabbis. The Declaration states, “...The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles ...it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education, and culture; ...”  * * (emphasis mine)

Antisemetism continues to rise at an alarming rate all over Europe, as governments continue to vow to “protect” their Jews. The Jewish community is divided in opinion over the “safe worthiness” of the continent. However that may be, the matter is one of urgency and it beckons action be taken to allow every Jewish person the Right of Return to the Land of Israel, irrespective of their religion, should they no longer feel safe to remain in Europe. The fact remains at this present moment that if push came to shove and Antisemitism exploded (may it never be) in Poland, Germany or France, for example, Jewish people who have converted to or are a “member” of another religion could not make Aliyah under the current Law of Return.

The State of Israel is celebrating its “Platinum Homecoming Anniversary” this year; 70 years have passed since the Nation that refuses to die by the G-d who refuses to let it was re-established. Wouldn't this be a good time to consider renewing its vows?:

...The State of Israel [is] open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles...” * *

Every Jew has the right to come to this country as an Oleh.” *

*Source: The Law of Return, www.jewishagency.org

**Source: Proclamation of Independence, The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, www.knesset.gov.il



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