Israel Demands Racist DNA Testing for Immigrants
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From the Times of Israel:



Russian-speakers who want to make aliya could need DNA test
Prime Minister’s Office says would-be immigrants from former Soviet Union may be asked to prove Jewish bloodline
By Asher Zeiger and Times of Israel staff July 29, 2013, 10:19 am 12



A number of people from the former Soviet Union wishing to immigrate to Israel could be subjected to DNA testing to prove their Jewishness, the Prime Minister’s Office said Sunday.

The policy was reported in Maariv on Monday, one day after the Israeli paper revealed that a19-year-old woman from the former Soviet Union was required to take the test to qualify for a Birthright Israel trip.

Vox Wrote:Can you imagine if the United States had an immigration policy that was dependent on DNA testing and racial profiling? We'd be shouted down by everyone, likely with Jewish leaders like Dershowitz screaming the loudest, that the US is a racist country. And it would be if it did that. But there are double standards in place for us and Europe, and for Israel. Israel can demand that their immigrants be Jewish and not practice another religion; but if we were to demand that only Christians be allowed to immigrate, no one would shut up about it. Israel has a right to demand a homogeneous population that's on the same page about its culture, how to live, but Christians are forbidden to express a desire for such a thing ("hate crime") or to even want it ("thought crime"). Israelis are allowed to construct and preserve the kind of culture they want to raise their children in, that they want to pass down to their kids, while Americans and Europeans are expected to get rid of holidays that might offend Muslims and Jews, to separate their religion from their politics, to let their neighborhoods be taken over by people with radically different cultures from their own so they don't even feel safe letting their kids play in their yards. Why would that be, do you suppose? Why is it OK for Israelis to preserve a Jewish culture -- but not OK for Christians to want to preserve theirs? Why can Jews have an entire country for themselves -- but we can't even have religious websites without ending up on the Jewish-run SPLC "hate list"? Anyone? 

The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that many Jews from the FSU who were born out-of-wedlock can be required to bring DNA confirmation of Jewish heritage in order to be allowed to immigrate as a Jew.

A source in the PMO told Maariv that the consul’s procedure, approved by the legal department of the Interior Ministry, states that a Russian-speaking child born out-of-wedlock is eligible to receive an Israeli immigration visa if the birth was registered before the child turned 3. Otherwise a DNA test to prove Jewish parentage is necessary.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the decision to require DNA testing for Russian Jews is based on the recommendations of Nativ, an educational program under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office to help Jews from the FSU immigrate to Israel.

The issue cuts to the heart of Israel’s Law of Return, which allows anybody with a Jewish parent, grandparent or spouse to move to Israel and be eligible for citizenship. Determining who is a Jew — a definition which has evolved along with the religion’s many streams — has led the interior Ministry to create a somewhat byzantine system of checks and rules and has sometimes led applicants, especially converts to Judaism, to fight for the right to immigrate in Israeli courts.

Vox Wrote:Even converts to Judaism have to fight to be allowed their right of "return" (a funny phrase since those exercising their right of "return" have never stepped foot in Israel. And, of course, Palestinians who, along with their ancestors going back two thousand years, have lived there all their lives have few rights. But nevermind.

In the original report, Maariv revealed that the issue with Birthright participant Mashah Yakerson lay with the fact that her birth was only registered when she was 3 years old, therefore casting doubts on her parentage. But according to Monday’s report, the issue was compounded by the fact that she was born out-of-wedlock.

Birthright provides free 10-day trips to Israel for young Jewish adults ages 18-26 who have never been to the country in an educational framework.

Vox Wrote:"Free" ten-day trips to Israel. Wonder where the money comes from.

Dr. Shimon Yakerson said that after appealing the decision he was told that without a DNA test, his daughter would not be permitted to participate in the program or to immigrate to Israel.

“This is blatant racism toward Russian Jews,” Shimon Yakerson told Maariv.

Vox Wrote:"Racism"? Among practitioners of Judaism?! No way!

Yakerson said that his daughter’s birth was registered late because he was working at a rabbinical college in the United States when she was born.

Foreign Ministry officials on Sunday told Maariv that they were puzzled by the DNA test requirements, because under the Law of Return, even adopted children of Jews are eligible for Israeli citizenship.

Yakerson has an older daughter, Dina, who immigrated to Israel under the Law of Return in 1990.
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I think people in the US see Israel as equivalent to Indian reservations. If you want to share in the lands, gambling profits, etc. you have to prove your ancestry. Maybe that's why it appears to be palatable.
I still don't get the "you must be this Jewish to enter" policy. It seems to be like it's a thinly veiled attempt to suppress anyone who isn't 'the right kind of Jew' from entering the country, much like you must be of certain tribal ancestry to live on a certain reservation. However, because being Jewish isn't only a racial issue, this excludes many faithful Jews from emigrating.
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