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25 Sivan 5766 - June 21, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Thousands of Children of Foreign Workers Made Eligible for Citizenship

By Betzalel Kahn and G. Lazer

The government has made another breach in the walls of Judaism by bringing thousands of non-Jews into Eretz Yisroel by granting citizenship to foreign workers who came to Israel before the age of 14 and have lived here for at least six years. UTJ announced that it strongly objects to the decision.

Government approval this week of a temporary provision by Interior Minister Roni Bar-On (Kadima) raises concerns that these children will eventually become the parents of Israeli children who will seek to force their way into Kerem Beis Yisroel, as has happened in numerous instances in recent years following marriages between Jews and foreign workers.

The government decision was passed by a large majority vote of 18 to 5. Among the opponents were Shas ministers and Foreign Minister Livni. Bar-On's original proposal would have granted citizenship to all children of foreign workers.

The new decision is liable to flood the country with thousands more non-Jews and lead to more cases of intermarriage and more non-Jews on IDF bases, in addition to the thousands of non-Jews who came to Israel from Russian- speaking countries.

The issue is scheduled to come before the Knesset today following an urgent motion to the agenda submitted by MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni on Sunday.

"The government decision is anti-nationalist, harms the State's Jewish identity and will have grave demographic ramifications," said MK Rabbi Meir Porush (UTJ).

MK Nissan Slomiansky (NRP-HaIchud HaLeumi) said, "The Sharon Government's decision to evict Jews from their homes included the claim that the move was made to preserve the country as a Jewish country and to preserve its Jewish character. With a wave of the hand this surprising government decision introduces more and more non-Jews who will invariably harm the Jewish character of the State. In a galling move that violates human rights thousands of Jews were expelled from their homes, and now in order not to harm the rights of foreign workers' children they are being permitted to build their homes in Israel. Is their blood dearer than the blood of banished Gush Katif residents?"

In response PM Ehud Olmert said that in his opinion the approval of the temporary order does not alter the Jewish character of the State of Israel.


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