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    • Yael
    • 15.05.11 | 12:00 (IDT)

    I was also registered Christian after Aliyah despite a letter from the Rabbi of my community abroad saying I am Jewish, and despite a letter of the Jewish Agency confirming I am Jewish. The community was non-orthodox and I could not bring a Ketuba of my mother. After two years of struggle, during which the ministry repreatedly 'lost' my documents (including official translations of documents which cost me 800 Dollar) - which I did not receive back until today - and after being denied the right to marry my Jewish fiancee, the Interior Ministry recommended me to convert to 'solve the problem'. We were also denied the right to marry abroad because my husband, as a Jew, required a document from the Rabbanut (in Jerusalem) saying he is not married yet and the Rabbanut refused to issue it, telling him they only give it to people who want to marry Jews and as he plans to marry outside of Israel they suppose that he plans to intermarry. We were both observant so the 'conversion' (from Judaism to Judaism) was not a problem, but the humiliation and injustice was a problem for me, my husband and his family. I wished they had gone the same step as this author to support us in this ridiculous procedure.

    from the article: Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk asks court to cancel his 'Jewish' status
    First published 00:43 15.05.11 | Last updated 00:43 15.05.11
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