01 November 2007

Israel's Interior Minister Calls for Israel Citizenship Reform

Israel's interior minister, Meir Sheetrit has called for reforming the law that grants Jews around the world Israeli citizenship. He said citizenship should be earned by a strong commitment to Israel and not granted automatically.

He said funds should go towards helping deprived immigrant communities already in Israel rather absorbing more "lost tribes" living in Africa and Asia, adding that the rise of neo-Nazism among young immigrants from the former Soviet Union was proof that the granting of automatic citizenship to people defined as Jews was not working.

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