Thursday, September 25, 2008

Religious Freedom in Israel: a mixed situation

It is good to see the J Post is covering the release on religious freedom in Israel put out by the US state department. The Post mentions the painful reality that the case investigating who tried to blow up Ami Ortiz remains open, as well as the fact that no one among the twelve, who the Israeli supreme court case granted the right to persue citizenship this past spring, has actually made it through the Ministry of Interior's system yet. Here is a pointed quote from one who was in the Supreme Court case:
"I see myself as a Zionist. Why else would I give up a good job, family, friends, an incredible education and come here to be reduced to nothing?" he said. "I believe in the State of Israel and I want to raise my family here and I can't imagine myself elsewhere."