Ugandan Jews Not Eligible to Immigrate to Israel, State Informs High Court

Decision overrules Jewish Agency, which had formally recognized the 2,000-strong Abayudaya community several years ago. A ruling in favor of the state could have serious repercussions for 'emerging Jewish communities’ around the world

Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

After years of deliberation, the Interior Ministry has determined that members of the Jewish community of Uganda are not eligible to immigrate to Israel. The Jewish Agency had ruled several years ago that they are, but the Interior Ministry has the upper hand in such matters.

The decision was revealed in the state’s response on Tuesday to a petition filed in the High Court of Justice by a member of the community whose request to immigrate had been rejected. Minister of Interior Arye Dery and the Population and Immigration Authority are listed as respondents in the case.

Comments