Mihu Yehudi Crisis in the Making? Chief Rabbi Backs Acceptance of Non-Jewish Refugees



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    Mihu Yehudi Crisis in the Making? Chief Rabbi Backs Acceptance of Non-Jewish Refugees

    Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Dovid Lau spoke about the issue of Ukrainian refugees which has been making the headlines in recent days, with many left-wing and centrist politicians fiercely opposing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s plan to impose a strict quota on the number of non-Jewish Ukrainian refugees Israel will accept • Full Story

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    Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Dovid Lau spoke about the issue of Ukrainian refugees which has been making the headlines in recent days, with many left-wing and centrist politicians fiercely opposing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s plan to impose a strict quota on the number of non-Jewish Ukrainian refugees Israel will accept.

    In an interview with Reshet Bet on Sunday, Rav Lau said although Israel must preserve its identity as a Jewish state, it first must open its doors to any refugees in need.

    “People who can’t find a place in another country – Israel must accept them until they can return to their homes,” Rav Lau said. “There should never be a situation in which a person is fleeing from war and he has nowhere to go, no safe shore.”

    Rav Lau noted that there’s a difference between granting asylum to refugees and granting residency and citizenship.

    “These are two very different things,” he asserted. “And a nation-state definitely has the right and obligation to maintain it as such. But first of all, it must open its doors.”

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