The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

THE JC has learnt of a mar­ried cou­ple from Da­m­as­cus liv­ing in Is­tan­bul but try­ing to make aliyah.

The woman was born Jewish but con­verted to Is­lam for her Mus­lim hus­band. It is un­der­stood that they have not been wel­comed by the lo­cal Turk­ish Jewish com­mu­nity.

Yi­gal Pal­mor, the Jewish Agency’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs and communications, said there was a chance that the woman could be granted refuge in Is­rael, but not her hus­band.

He said: “The prob­lem is the woman has con­verted to Is­lam.

"She is not qual­i­fied un­der the law of re­turn to come to Is­rael as an oleh.

"The hus­band is Mus­lim. Ob­vi­ously, be­cause he is not mar­ried to a Jew, and not a Jew him­self, he does not qual­ify."

He added: “She could get en­try into Is­rael un­der an­other law, which would al­low her to come on a tem­po­rary visa. Things could be ar­ranged here one way or an­other.

“If she ac­cepts com­ing here with­out her hus­band, that could be ar­ranged rel­a­tively eas­ily, in­clud­ing a pos­si­ble re­con­ver­sion.”

Mr Pal­mor also said that over the past five years, at least a dozen Syr­ian Jews have been res­cued and granted refuge in Is­rael.

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