Given all the problems that Zionism has caused, the fact that a few pedophiles find safety in Israel is a small problem. If the Jews want to welcome Jewish pedophiles into their midst, who cares?
This story offers some anti-Zionist material but deflects attention away from the destabilization and war that Israel foments in the Middle East.
Activists fear Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles thanks to the country’s unique Law of Return for the world’s Jewish people.
A Jewish person from anywhere across the globe can be fast-tracked for citizenship in Israel, as well as their spouse, children and grandchildren.
An 1954 amendment to the law bans “a person with a criminal past, likely to endanger public welfare” but campaigners say sex abusers are slipping through the net.
“Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles due to the unique opportunity available to all Jews from anywhere in the world to immigrate there,” said child abuse survivor Manny Waks, founder of child sex abuse advocacy group Kol V’Oz, speaking to The Independent.
“This provides a relatively efficient and effective way to evade justice from other countries. It also provides a sanctuary to those who have already been convicted.
”It’s important to note that while there are some criminal background checks as part of the immigration process, there are multiple ways to overcome this requirement – for example, convicted Jewish paedophiles may enter and remain in Israel as tourists indefinitely.“
Jewish Community Watch says that 32 paedophiles in their database have moved from countries around the world to Israel over the past decade.
It says 12 Jewish paedophiles, from across the globe, have moved to countries other than Israel.
The Law of Return allows Jews living outside the country, other than those with “a criminal past, likely to endanger public welfare”, to live in Israel
“I really genuinely understand and respect that there is great reluctance to tinker with the Law of Return,” said Mr Horowitz.
“The Law of Return is a beautiful concept, it’s really part of the DNA of the Jewish state. There’s a feeling that if you amend it for sex offenders, what about someone who did domestic violence? Or a Ponzi scheme? Where do you draw the line?”
But he added that in his opinion “at the very least, the [sex offenders] should be supervised if you’re letting them in”.
Avi Mayer, spokesman for the Jewish Agency, which brings Jews into Israel, reportedly said that approval for a convicted criminal’s visa depends on “the nature of the crime, when it was committed, and what has transpired in the interim”.