Haaretz, Dec 29, 2017

Does anybody care that the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority is reexamining the citizenship of veteran immigrants, especially from the former Soviet Union?

[...] Israel found a convenient bureaucratic opportunity to locate and capture them; perhaps it secretly dreams of deporting them. It has turned “the Russians” into “infiltrators.”

[...] Citizenship is a condition for receiving a passport, for example, and for running for the Knesset, but in these cases, the authority doesn’t reexamine the citizenship of the applicant. So why do so in this case?

Everyone knows the answer, it’s simply unpleasant to admit it. In Israel there’s a kind of shared deviancy, and as with any deviancy, it’s a little bit secret; people whisper about it, behind closed doors: the fear of intermarriage. The fear of Jews marrying non-Jews. For Jews abroad, the situation is different. According to a 2017 report by the Jewish People Policy Institute on the status of the Jewish people (which changed its original crazy name, the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, but apparently not its crazy pretension. Who plans a people? What are you, God?), while the rate of intermarriage in Israel is 5 percent, in the United States it’s 58 percent. Do you want to know where people have really forgotten to be Jewish? In Russia, where the intermarriage rate is no less than 80 percent. No wonder the population agency wants to revoke the citizenship of assimilated people in Israel.

 

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