Lithuania’s chief rabbi may face deportation

Lithuania’s chief rabbi has been threatened with deportation, possibly due to his opposition to the establishment of a convention center at a former cemetery in Vilnius, a Jewish Lithuanian web journal reports.

According to, Rabbi Chaim Burshtein was told by a customs official while traveling to Israel that he would not be allowed to return to the country, though no reason was given.

“The only reason for this attempt to deport me that I can discern is the rabbinic opposition, and that of many of the Jews in the country, to the destruction of the old Jewish cemetery in Vilnius for the construction of a congress and convention center complex,” he writes on Facebook.

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