Some Messianic Jews are now getting automatic new immigrant status and citizenship for the first time ever!
The law has been that if a Jew converted to Christianity they were no longer a Jew, so the Law of Return did not apply to them. However, if you don’t have a Jewish mom, then you never were a Jew. However, if you have one parent or one grandparent who is Jewish, the Law of Return does apply if you are included in the group:
Who is included in the Law of Return?
According to Amendment 4A (a) to the Law of Return, passed in 1970, “The rights of a Jew under this law… are also vested in a child and a grandchild of a Jew, the spouse of a Jew, the spouse of a child of a Jew and the spouse of a grandchild of a Jew, except for a person who has been a Jew and has voluntarily changed his religion.”
But, as was explained to The Jerusalem Post by a legal assistant to Myers, this is apparently a misunderstanding of the ruling, which determined that the petitioners were entitled to automatic new immigrant status and citizenship precisely because they were not Jews as defined by the Law of Return, but rather because they were the offspring of Jewish fathers.
Confusing isn’t it!