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Messianic Jews Claim Victory in Israeli Court

ICC Note

The Messianic Jews are Jews who believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. They face persecution from extremist groups in Israel .

April 18, 2008 Israel ( Supreme Court of Israel ruled Wednesday that being a Messianic Jew cannot prevent Israeli citizenship if the Jewish descent is from the person’s father’s side.

“This is yet another battle won in our war to establish equality in Israel for the Messianic Jewish community just like every other legitimate stream of faith within the Jewish world,” said Calev Myers, founder and chief counsel of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice.

Many of the applicants received letters saying they would not receive citizenship because they “commit missionary activity.” One was told that because she “committed missionary activity,” she was “acting against the interests of the State of Israel and against the Jewish people.”

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