Israeli Interior Minister: Get Rid of Automatic Citizenship
Posted by ishtov on November 8, 2007
In a recent article in the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit has proposed that Jews should no longer get automatic citizenship when making Aliyah to Israel. Although some of his arguments sound reasonable, not wanting to grant citizenship to criminals, wanting to see immigrants learn Hebrew; his real target appears to be Ethiopian Jews and Jews of other minority backgrounds. He apparently even called out NACOEJ, the North American Conference For Ethiopian Jewry, by name.
This is really awful. I’m not an expert in Israeli politics, so I don’t know what party he is from; but I think he should lose his position as Interior Minister over this. Jews come in all colors. To make a proposal that suggests otherwise is not befitting of the government of Israel.