Jerusalem’s new religious law will not be a test for religious freedom

Israel’s religious law that will take effect next month will not allow Jews to wear yarmulkes, which Jews believe will prevent them from gaining entry into Israeli towns and cities.

The religious law was passed in the wake of the December 2016 suicide attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that killed five Israeli Jews, including two teenagers, and injured nearly 70.

In the wake, Israel’s Jewish leaders have made several statements to their public that have raised concern about its ability to guarantee religious freedom in the Jewish state.

Some of those concerns have focused on the wording of the new law, which will require that all Jews have a religious passport, regardless of whether they are Jewish or not.

However, in the days leading up to the new religious passport law’s passing, several high-profile Jewish figures, including Rabbi Moshe Kantor, have made statements that appear to be supportive of the religious passport.

For example, Rabbi Kantor said on January 25 that the new legislation was necessary because Jews are a “people who live in a state that is very open, very tolerant, and very tolerant of different faiths, whether it is Islam or Christianity, whether they be Jews or not.”

The Jewish Agency for Israel, which represents Israel’s rabbis, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the rabbi’s comments.

Rabbi Kanturist also made a similar comment on January 29, saying that he was worried that the religious passports could lead to “a big exodus” of Jews from Israel.

“I don’t think that we can allow the [religious passport] to be a law that would prevent the Jews from entering Israel, because if we allow them to do so, they’ll leave,” Rabbi Kantour said.

The new religious passports will also make it more difficult for Jews to enter Jerusalem and the Jewish quarter of the capital city of Tel Aviv.

The Jewish quarter is a popular destination for tourists from around the world who want to visit Israel’s capital.

Some visitors have criticized the religious-passport law, saying it will not deter them from visiting.

The law’s passage also comes as the number of Israelis who have returned from abroad to Israel has declined dramatically over the past few years.

According to the Jewish Agency, there are about 8,000 Israelis who left Israel between the years 2009 and 2020, a decline of more than 70 percent.

On January 30, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced that he had ordered the Israeli cabinet to consider drafting a new law to deal with the problem.

Rivlin said he expected the new bill to be introduced by March 5.

The bill, which was announced in the Israeli parliament on January 30 and is expected to be voted on in the coming weeks, is expected be a step toward establishing Israel as a secular state and, ultimately, to limit religious freedom.

The number of Jewish visitors to Israel also has declined.

According of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Israel, there were 9,816 Jews living in Israel in 2016, down from 13,957 in 2013.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs estimated that more than 20,000 Jews have left Israel over the last decade, with most of them living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In response to Rivlin’s decision to draft a new religious-immigration law, the Israeli government said on Wednesday that it would not accept the religious citizenship of Jews who did not obtain their Israeli citizenship through naturalization.

Israel has a long history of allowing Jewish citizens of foreign countries to gain citizenship without requiring them to follow the religious laws that have long been the norm in the country.

But in recent years, Israel has made a concerted effort to limit the number and type of immigrants from those countries.

Israel was the only country in the world to revoke citizenship to all Palestinians who were not citizens of Israel before the state was established in 1948.

In 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a law to deny Israeli citizenship to Palestinian refugees who had not reached adulthood and who were born in the occupied West Bank.

The current bill will not make any changes to the existing religious passport laws that already allow Jews in Israel to wear kippot.

In its statement on Wednesday, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs said the law would “create a new danger for the religious freedom of all Jews in the state of Israel.”

“The religious passport will be a tool to legitimize a Jewish state which, through the establishment of the state, is committed to the creation of a Jewish and democratic society.

The laws of the State of Israel are based on religious principles and Jewish values, which must be upheld,” the council said.

On the other hand, the Islamic Association of Israel also applauded the government’s move to restrict the religious nature of Israel.

The group called on the government to respect the religious freedoms of Jews living and visiting Israel.

But the Muslim Association of America, the largest Muslim organization in the United States, also condemned the new restrictions.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Government of Israel has decided to issue a new measure that is based on the