Interior Ministry sued over Orthodox conversion recognition

13.05.2011                      09.Ijar, 5771                      Tag 24 des Omer

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Interior Ministry sued over Orthodox conversion recognition

The ITIM institute petitioned the High Court of Justice against the Ministry's refusal to grant citizenship to Orthodox converts who converted abroad.

The ITIM institute petitioned the High Court of Justice Thursday against the Ministry of Interior’s refusal to grant citizenship to Orthodox converts who converted abroad. The lawsuit, submitted by the Jewish Life Information Center on behalf of Canadian convert Thomas Dohlan, called on the court to order the ministry to explain its decision to refuse him citizenship under the Law of Return and prevent the ministry from taking action to expel him from the country.
ITIM’s lawyers, Dr. Aviad Hakohen and Yeshayahu Avraham, argued in the petition that the Ministry of Interior’s refusal to grant Dohlan and others like him citizenship because of the Rabbinic Council’s failure to recognize Orthodox conversions performed abroad was illegal and discriminatory….