‘Shocking and Absurd’: Israel’s ‘Passport Aliyah’ Crackdown Sparks Widespread Outrage

A new initiative would force aliyah applicants to provide proof that they intend to live in Israel 'permanently,' but advocates say it's based on misinterpretation of the law: 'This is essentially a policy change, and it is not the job of civil servants'

Judy Maltz
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Advocates for immigration to Israel are deeply concerned about a new initiative that would force aliyah applicants to provide proof that they intend to live in Israel permanently – and are not simply after citizenship and a passport.

As reported last week in Haaretz, the Interior Ministry is set to require all individuals applying to immigrate under the Law of Return to sign a new form declaring that they plan to move to Israel “immediately” and “permanently.”

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