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Israeli Think-Tank Seeks to Create ‘Diaspora Jews Visa’

Israel’s Law of Return originally allowed people who were Jewish, or who had Jewish grandparents, to immigrate to Israel and automatically become citizens.
Photo: The Jewish Agency
Photo: The Jewish Agency

“There is no reason to automatically recognize a grandson of a Jew with no affinity to Israel as a potential Israeli citizen.” So said a member of an Israeli think tank on Sunday, who co-wrote a paper suggesting minor changes to Israel’s Law of Return.

Israel’s Law of Return, which was passed in 1950, originally allowed people who were Jewish, or who had Jewish grandparents, the ability to immigrate to Israel and automatically receive citizenship. The law was amended in 1970 to say that people with at least one Jewish grandparent or someone who is married to a Jew, whether or not they are considered Jewish under Jewish law, can also automatically receive citizenship.”

Read the full article in the Jerusalem Post

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