May 13, 2007

Family disunification?

I didn't catch this when it first appeared in Ha'aretz last month. I got it from the Sephardic Heritage Update which is edited and published by an Arab Jew in New York, David Shasha. It's a nice little example of how Israel's racist law of return works in practice. Here's the whole article by Yoav Stern.
Israel has refused entry to the Muslim wife of a Jewish immigrant from Iran. The wife is currently in Turkey but could be sent back to Iran within days, where she is likely to be severely punished.

The immigrant, Puriya Hajaram on Thursday appealed to Haaretz for help in bringing his wife to Israel. "I was told before coming that I would get help here. Otherwise I wouldn't have come alone," he said.

Hajaram, 23, left Iran with his wife, R., for fear of being drafted into the Iranian army. The two crossed the border to Turkey illegally. They went to the Israeli consulate, where they were told that only Hajaram could get an entrance visa to Israel because his family lives here.

His wife remained in a cheap hotel in Istanbul waiting for a permit to join her husband.

"From the first day we left until four days ago she hasn't left the hotel. She has no passport," he said.

A few days ago she was caught by the Turkish police. Hajaram said she was arrested when she left her room to take a shower. The Turkish police now intend to deport her to Iran. "I pray and beg they don't deport her. The Torah says that if someone needs help we must help him," he said.

Officials at the Jewish Agency and Israeli consulate promised him that he would be able to send for his wife once he immigrated, he said.

He arrived eight months ago, went to an ulpan and now speaks broken Hebrew. From the moment he could, Hajaram has been trying to bring his wife to Israel. "I went back and forth to offices and in the end they wrote to me that there is a security problem. I know there is no such problem, I know my wife and her family and none of them work for the government," he said.

The Interior Ministry said that Puriya's wife was refused entry for security reasons. The Shin Bet commented that "according to the security standards, this case does not enable entry to Israel." However, "specific cases may be examined as exceptions. Each such request would be looked at in a practical way, taking account of the particular circumstances," the Shin Bet said.

Hajaram's wife intended to convert to Judaism after finding a rabbi to help her. Hajaram is about to join the IDF. "I'm going to the army to help Israel, and I ask it to help me," he said. "Jews, Muslims, all Israelis. Somebody, help us."
I have to say that I don't have much sympathy with the man here but the woman is in a terrible situation thanks to him and his desire to join "the army to help Israel." Perhaps if Ahmadinejad spent more time exposing the real crimes of Israel than he does on denying the holocaust these individual cases might not crop up. Look at the earlier post about zionist collaboration with antisemitism, in particular with the nazis. If Jews can't trust the zionist movement how can a Muslim?

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