Israel’s Extremist Ben-Gvir: Only Orthodox Jewish Converts Should Be Allowed Citizenship

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Israel’s Extremist Ben-Gvir: Only Orthodox Jewish Converts Should Be Allowed Citizenship

Israel’s Extremist Ben-Gvir: Only Orthodox Jewish Converts Should Be Allowed Citizenship

A Jewish supremacist politician known for seeking out confrontations with Palestinians and openly admiring an anti-Arab mass murder is now set to head Israel’s… 23.12.2022, Sputnik International

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A controversial Israeli politician known for his public support for anti-Arab terrorists and playing kingmaker for former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent weeks has sparked backlash once again by demanding the incoming coalition government cease recognizing non-Orthodox Jewish converts.In a statement, Jewish supremacist Itamar Ben-Gvir’s ‘Otzma Yehudit’ party said they’re seeking to require that “only a Jew who converted in accordance with halacha [Jewish law] would be eligible [for Israeli citizenship] under the Law of Return.”Under the so-called “Law of Return,” any conversion performed by an established Jewish community, be it Reform, Conservative, or Orthodox, meets the current criteria set out for Israeli citizenship. But if Ben-Gvir’s party gets its way – and its tremendous political leverage suggests it could – only the latter group would be eligible.As a condition of their support, parties entering the coalition government set to be headed by Netanyahu have made a series of demands, including the creation of a “Ministry of National Security” which would control Israel’s police force and be headed by Ben-Gvir.In 2015, Ben-Gvir was recorded leading a race riot in occupied Hebron. More recently, he was heavily criticized after brandishing a firearm while terrorizing Arab teenagers in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. Ben-Gvir doubled down, tweeting a photo of himself holding the gun and insisting “it cannot be that Arabs throw stones next to cops and the cops don’t respond with fire.”The notorious ultra-right Israeli leader rose to prominence after spending years as a youth leader within Israel’s Kahanist movement, named after Rabbi Meir Kahane – a notorious figure described as “the founding father of Israeli fascism.”Ben-Gvir’s controversial views even extend to an open admiration of Baruch Goldstein, who murdered 29 worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in 1994.The Israeli politician’s insistence on keeping a portrait of the notorious Israeli mass murder in his living room was just one of a series of polarizing actions which shocked Palestinians – and alarmed more liberal Israelis, who have fretted that such extreme behavior could jeopardize the future viability of the Zionist project.His suggestion that only Orthodox Jews be allowed Israeli citizenship is merely the latest.As Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai pointed out Sunday: “This demand, if granted, means a clear and sharp rift between us and the majority of the Jewish community in the United States of America. This is the largest Jewish community in the world after Israel, they have a great influence and are vital for Israel and for our ties with the US.”

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A Jewish supremacist politician known for seeking out confrontations with Palestinians and openly admiring an anti-Arab mass murder is now set to head Israel’s newly-formed Ministry of National Security. And he’s already trying to police which Jews will be allowed in.

A controversial Israeli politician known for his public support for anti-Arab terrorists and playing kingmaker for former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent weeks has sparked backlash once again by demanding the incoming coalition government cease recognizing non-Orthodox Jewish converts.

In a statement, Jewish supremacist Itamar Ben-Gvir’s ‘Otzma Yehudit’ party said they’re seeking to require that “only a Jew who converted in accordance with halacha [Jewish law] would be eligible [for Israeli citizenship] under the Law of Return.”

Under the so-called “Law of Return,” any conversion performed by an established Jewish community, be it Reform, Conservative, or Orthodox, meets the current criteria set out for Israeli citizenship. But if Ben-Gvir’s party gets its way – and its tremendous political leverage suggests it could – only the latter group would be eligible.

As a condition of their support, parties entering the coalition government set to be headed by Netanyahu have made a series of demands, including the creation of a “Ministry of National Security” which would control Israel’s police force and be headed by Ben-Gvir.

In 2015, Ben-Gvir was recorded leading a race riot in occupied Hebron. More recently, he was heavily criticized after brandishing a firearm while terrorizing Arab teenagers in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. Ben-Gvir doubled down, tweeting a photo of himself holding the gun and insisting “it cannot be that Arabs throw stones next to cops and the cops don’t respond with fire.”
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, center, Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, left, far-right Israeli lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich and leaders of all Israel's political parties pose for a group photo after the swearing-in ceremony for Israeli lawmakers at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Israeli lawmakers were sworn in at the Knesset, on Tuesday, following national elections earlier this month. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.12.2022

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The notorious ultra-right Israeli leader rose to prominence after spending years as a youth leader within Israel’s Kahanist movement, named after Rabbi Meir Kahane – a notorious figure described as “the founding father of Israeli fascism.”

Ben-Gvir’s controversial views even extend to an open admiration of Baruch Goldstein, who murdered 29 worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in 1994.

The Israeli politician’s insistence on keeping a portrait of the notorious Israeli mass murder in his living room was just one of a series of polarizing actions which shocked Palestinians – and alarmed more liberal Israelis, who have fretted that such extreme behavior could jeopardize the future viability of the Zionist project.

His suggestion that only Orthodox Jews be allowed Israeli citizenship is merely the latest.

As Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai pointed out Sunday: “This demand, if granted, means a clear and sharp rift between us and the majority of the Jewish community in the United States of America. This is the largest Jewish community in the world after Israel, they have a great influence and are vital for Israel and for our ties with the US.”

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