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Immigrating to Israel Made Me Renounce Judaism

My dad’s an IDF veteran. My grandparents founded a kibbutz. Growing up in Denmark, I took my Jewishness for granted. But my experience of Israel’s degrading, racist immigration process changed all that

Jotam Confino
Jotam Confino
Jotam Confino
Jotam Confino

It’s been three years since I arrived in Israel, embarking on what I thought would be a journey to explore my roots, and to live and work in the country in which I was born. But the combination of a degrading immigration process and constant questions about my background has made me feel less Jewish than ever. In fact, I now don’t feel Jewish at all.

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