Friday, October 21, 2005

France grants asylum to Israeli Russian

IslamOnline :

An Israeli family of Russian origin has gained political asylum in France for suffering “racist and discriminatory” treatment at the hands of Israeli society and authorities, according to a French non-governmental organization (NGO).
In a statement issued by the Euro-Palestine organization Thursday, October 20, the NGO said the Israeli family has been in France since May 2005.
The father, a Russian Jew, was married to a Christian woman and had a daughter. According to a law on the so-called right for Jews to return to Israel, the family got an entry visa to Israel in 1999.
According to the statement, a copy of which was obtained by IslamOnline.net, the family came under tremendous pressures to force the Christian mother and girl to convert to Judaism, as the only means to obtain their rights as full citizens.
Wearing a cross chain, the young girl was the laugh stock of her classmates who did not show tolerance to a non-Jew among them. The girl was forced to leave the school and later the city altogether, according to the NGO's statement.
The girl was further unfortunate when she she was wounded in a Palestinian bombing October 23, 2001, during their Intifada against Israeli occupation.
Under pressures, the mother converted to Judaism, while the daughter remained Christian.
As an immediate result, the girl was denied an Israeli passport.
A social worker, who had repeatedly visited the family, told them it was essential to convince the daughter to convert to Judaism for them to have all their rights, according to Euro-Palestine.
Although the father went to court several times seeking Israeli citizenship for his daughter, she was denied it and eventually she had a temporary residence visa.
The father had been repeatedly summoned to the police station to answer questions on the “family status” before the authorities decided to cancel their Israeli passports on October 23, 2003.
The straw that broke the camel’s back took place when the school counselor recommended placing the girl in a public care facility away from her parents, a recommendation that frightened the family out of Israel.
Based on all these factors, the French government’s refugee committee has granted the Israeli family political asylum.


Wouldn't it be better to be tortured than to live in France?
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 11:05 AM

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