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Reflections on the Israeli law of return Reflections on the Israeli law of return
by Joseph Gatt
2019-07-12 09:11:30
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Rivka, a Jewish woman, is married to Jane, a non-Jewish woman. Jane, through artificial insemination, gets pregnant to Jack, their child. Jack grows up to be a fervent Zionist and tries to move to Israel at age 18. Is Jack Jewish enough?

David, a Jewish man, is married to John, a non-Jewish man. David and John decide to get Rachel, a Jewish woman, to donate an egg, which will be inseminated into Tiffany, a non-Jewish woman, who will be the surrogate mother. The babies end up being twins, and little Kevin will be from David's sperm, while little Joyce will be from John's sperm. Both Kevin and Joyce are very interested in Zionism, and want to move to Israel. Can they?

israe002_400Ruth is a Harvard Law graduate student. Ruth is Jewish. Ruth donates an egg to an infertile couple, Jack and Jill, who are non-Jews but who like Ruth because Ruth has blond hair, blue eyes, dimples, scored 1600 on her SAT, scored 180 on her LSAT, and speaks 4 languages. Jill gets inseminated with Ruth's egg and gives birth to Brian. Brian develops and obsession with Judaism and Israel, and at age 16, finds out that he is the product of Ruth's egg. Brian finds out that Ruth now lives in Israel, and wants to live closer to Ruth.

Stephanie, a non-Jew, marries Baruch, a Jew, but unfortunately the marriage ends in divorce. Stephanie then marries Yoav, another Jew, and divorces again. Then Stephanie marries Simcha, yet another Jew, and divorces again. Stephanie has fertility issues, but that was not the cause of her divorces. During all those years Stephanie celebrated a few Sabbaths and Jewish holidays, and decides to be inseminated with Tamar's egg and Andrew's sperm. Tamar is an Israeli Jewish woman and Andrew is a non-Jewish pianist. Stephanie gives birth to a daughter she calls Monica. Stephanie celebrates a few Jewish holidays with Jewish friends and Monica develops interest in Judaism and Israel, and Monica eventually wants to move to Israel.

John marries Jill and gives birth to three children: William, Andrew and Jessica. Jill unfortunately dies of cancer. A few years later John marries Tzipi, and Israeli woman, and they give birth to two children, Jason and Amanda. William, Andrew and Jessica are very close to Jason and Amanda. They celebrate all the Jewish holidays and observe Jewish practice. John eventually converts to Judaism. Tzipi raised William, Andrew and Jessica since they were toddlers as if they were her own children. But William, Andrew and Jessica are convinced Atheists but are also convinced Zionists.

Samantha is a single mother and has a child, Nicolas. Samantha works at a Jewish retirement home but is not Jewish. Samantha is a nurse, and likes the jovial atmosphere at the retirement home. She loves her job. Over the years Samantha develops interest in Judaism, and converts when Nicolas is 23 years old. Nicolas is not particularly interested in Judaism but wants to serve at the IDF and wants to settle in Israel, because he's dating Sarah, and Israeli woman. Nicolas doesn't want to go through Israeli immigration hassles and wants to come as an Oleh.

Ahmed gets married with Anna. Anna was born in Russia and given up for adoption. The only thing Anna knows is that her mother's name was Oksana Brofstein. Ahmed and Anna live in Canada and lead a happy life. Ahmed and Anna give birth to Karim, and Ahmed raises Karim in very liberal Islam. As Karim grows up, he grows interested in his mother's background, and believes that if his grandmother's last name is Brofstein, then she was probably Jewish. Karim fasts during Ramadan and defines himself as a Muslim, but he's also a computer engineer and wants to try his luck with Israeli startups. He presents documents claiming his grandmother's last name was Brofstein and tries to get into Israel through the law of return.

Finally, Robert and Mary are dating, and do their post-doc at the University of Haifa. They both get offered a teaching position at the University of Haifa, but have to check into immigration every year. All Mary knew up until that point was that her mother's mother's mother was born in what is today Slovakia. After doing a lot of research, Mary finds out that her great-grand-mother's maiden name was Levitsky. Mary tries her best to figure out if her great-grand-mother was Jewish, but comes out empty-handed. All she can find is that her great-grand-mother's mother was born in Russia, and that her great-grand-mother was raised in the Catholic faith. But Mary also knows that many Jews converted to the Catholic faith prior to World War II and destroyed any evidence of Judaism.

Can all this people come to Israel under the law of return?

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