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To: Thomas M. who wrote (2110)8/28/2002 5:19:45 AM
From: GUSTAVE JAEGER  Read Replies (4) of 6945
Did you hear about Israel's "reverse" discrimination against non-Jews? It's all becoming so confusing... I mean, when the Gestapo used to blacklist the Jews 60 years ago, it was UGLY anti-Semitism, all right... but when Judeofascist Israel does exactly the same thing, it's Okay?!? Those Judeofascist Israelis should recall that reverse blacklisting of non-Jews might lead to reverse deportation, and reverse concentration camps... and after that, they want every nation, every race, and every creed to weep over their Yad Vashem shrine --isn't it silly?

Interior Ministry accused of keeping 'blacklist' questioning Jewish identity

Dan Izenberg

Aug. 28, 2002

The Interior Ministry keeps a secret "blacklist" of Israeli citizens, apparently based on doubts regarding their religious status, and refuses to grant them services, even though it does not tell them that such a list exists and that they are on it, according to a petition submitted to the High Court of Justice earlier this week.

The petition was submitted by attorney Michael Corinaldi on behalf of T.T., an Ethiopian woman, who asked that her full name not be published. T.T. immigrated to Israel in 1987, was registered as a Jew, and received an identity card and Israeli passport at that time.

According to the petition, T.T. lost her identity card in April 2001 and applied to the Interior Ministry branch in Holon for a new one. At the same time, she asked to renew her passport.

The Interior Ministry refused to give her an identity card and renewed her passport for only one year, instead of the standard five years. The clerk did not explain why.

Some time later, she asked the Interior Ministry to extend her passport again. Her application was turned down and the clerk did not return her passport.

According to the petition, "The Interior Ministry clerks behaved that way because the Population Registry issued an illegal regulation. According to that regulation, the ministry changed T.T.'s original registration by canceling her classification as Jewish in religion and nationality, and adding her name to a list of residents classified as 'service-restricted.' This illegal action was carried out without summoning T.T. in person and without giving her the chance to defend herself and bring proof [of her Jewishness.]"

Corinaldi emphasized that T.T. was the sister-in-law of Yona Bugla, who headed the Ethiopian immigration movement to Israel and, after moving here in 1979, served as president of the National Council For Ethiopian Jewry.

The Interior Ministry regulation, numbered 1.2.0001, is entitled, "Regulation for Dealing with Those Who are Service-Restricted." According to the regulation, "when a resident/citizen asks for a service from the Population Authority, the registration clerk will examine his entry in the Population Registry. Before serving him, the clerk must make sure that there are no restrictions regarding the applicant. If there is a restriction, the clerk must act in accordance with it. The clerk may not inform the resident that there is a restriction regarding the service he is entitled to receive. The clerk must receive the applicant's request for service in writing, give him a receipt verifying that the request was made, and tell him his application will be handled promptly."

Corinaldi wrote that T.T. has not had an identity card since April 2001 and no longer has a passport, either. As a result, she is not entitled to any of the services or rights that require presenting an identity card or passport, even though she is an Israeli citizen in good standing.

Corinaldi wrote that, according to the Population Registry Law, no entry in the population registry may be changed unless the resident asks for it and can prove he is entitled to it. If the Interior Ministry wants to make a change in a resident's status, it must initiate judicial procedures against the resident in the Family Court.

"In this case," wrote Corinaldi, "the chief registration clerk did not initiate a judicial procedure, and did not even summon T.T. in person for a clarification. He did not have any authority whatsoever to make the change in the religion and nationality entry in the Population Registry and as such, acted illegally."

The Jerusalem Post submitted a query about the regulation to the Interior Ministry. A ministry spokeswoman said the question had been conveyed to Herzl Gedj, head of the Population Registry. By press time, no reply was forthcoming.

Meanwhile, Justice Eliahu Mazza issued a show-cause order one day after the petition was submitted and gave the state 30 days to reply to it. It is rare for the High Court of Justice to issue a show-cause order before hearing the state's case. It does so only in cases where, on the face of it, the petition appears to be particularly serious and urgent.

In the petition, Corinaldi demands that the state reclassify T.T. as Jewish and abolish the regulation.
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