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Wife of Israeli citizen denied citizenship due to faith in Jesus


KehilaNews.com, One For Israel Staff

Sep 22, 2018


According to Israeli law, a foreign spouse of an Israeli citizen will automatically be granted citizenship if their partner is Israeli (Israeli Nationality Law of 1952.)

That is, at least in theory, regardless of their religious views:

“ISRAEL WILL ENSURE COMPLETE EQUALITY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS TO ALL ITS INHABITANT IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION, RACE OR SEX; IT WILL GUARANTEE FREEDOM OF RELIGION, CONSCIENCE, LANGUAGE, EDUCATION AND CULTURE” (THE DECLARATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL \ 14.5.1948)

However, because the Ministry of Interior is under the control of Orthodox religious Jews who have great disdain for followers of Jesus, these rights are regularly withheld. This leaves Jewish believers in Jesus in a predicament where they must spend tens of thousands on lawsuits to take the matter to the court system, simply to receive what was rightfully theirs in the first place.


Andreas Stutz, an Israeli citizen who received an honorable accomplishment award from the President of Israel himself while serving in the Israeli Air Force (IDF), is one of our own college professors and is a Jewish Israeli believer in Jesus. Andreas married his Polish sweetheart and together they have two children (who are also Israeli citizens).


Almost two years ago, the Stutz family began the process of acquiring citizenship for his wife – as a wife and mother of Israeli citizens. The process which should have been quick and immediate became a long drawn out series of investigations. It certainly seems like this case was receiving unusual, more stringent process than others, and no doubt this is because of the fact that the Stutz family are believes in Jesus. This caused great distress and caused them to consider leaving Israel.


Almost two years ago, the Stutz family began the process of acquiring citizenship for his wife – as a wife and mother of Israeli citizens. The process which should have been quick and immediate became a long drawn out series of investigations. It certainly seems like this case was receiving unusual, more stringent process than others, and no doubt this is because of the fact that the Stutz family are believes in Jesus. This caused great distress and caused them to consider leaving Israel.


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