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MK appeals to minister to oust chief rabbi over conversion brouhaha

MK Yulia Malinovsky speaks during a committee meeting in the Knesset, October 27, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
MK Yulia Malinovsky speaks during a committee meeting in the Knesset, October 27, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Yisrael Beytenu MK Yulia Malinovsky says she has appealed to Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana to oust Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau over his threats to intervene in planned conversion reform.

“He is a public worker and his threats on the issue of conversion are unacceptable,” Malinovsky tells Army Radio. The MK serves as the chair of the Knesset Committee on Special National Infrastructure Projects and Jewish Religious Services.

Chief Rabbi David Lau told the prime minister yesterday that he would not approve any future conversions to Judaism as long as the government continues to advance a plan to ease the process and dilute the Chief Rabbinate’s control over it.

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