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Razvozov on civil burials: «the Religious councils belong to the immigrants as second-class citizens»

Tuesday, December 22, the Knesset’s state control will hold a meeting on civil burial in Israel. At the meeting, the Chairman of the Commission of Karin Elharar («Yesh Atid») intends to require the state Comptroller to conduct an audit and make a report on the actions of the Ministry of religions and religious councils, which, according to who initiated the meeting, the Deputy Konstantin Razvozov («Yesh Atid»), keep the law of 1996 on the right to alternative civil burial.

The law guarantees every Israeli to be buried in a secular cemetery. The act provides for the establishment of new cemeteries and the selection of sites for civil burials in existing cemeteries. Associated with funeral expenses are paid by the national insurance Institute («bituach Leumi»). Everyone who died in Israel and any Israeli resident who died abroad, to receive a special allowance for the burial, the size of which does not depend on religious affiliation of the deceased. This amount is transferred directly to the organizations eligible for the provision of funeral services.

According to official information, cemetery plot, burial and funeral services, including the washing of the body, and transportation of the deceased to the place of burial should be provided free of charge. «Israel Kadisha» under contract with «bituach Leumi», is also required to establish the burial place of the gravestone, if the deceased in Israel has no relatives.

The MP Distribution, is not the first time dealing with the civilian burial in Israel, intends to submit at the meeting of a recent incident that took place in Eilat. Older couples who have lived together for 60 years, Lilia and Vladimir Stavitsky, died 4 months ago with a difference of a few days. At first Lily had died, and her halachic Jew, was buried in the Jewish part of the cemetery. A few days later died Vladimir, and not a Jew by Halacha, buried in the part of the cemetery, where are buried the so-called «Mehpara dates» (people with no religious affiliation). The couple has no relatives in Israel, so the grave of Lily staff «Israel Kadisha» was flooded with cement, but the tomb of Vladimir was just covered with earth.

According to Konstantin Razvozov, the case in Eilat, and other such stories prove negligence to mahalageasca Jews from the state.

«In Israel there are nearly half a million citizens who immigrated to Israel under the Law of return… These people carry out their civic duty, serve in the army and pay taxes, which is not always possible to say about Israeli religious communities. While the chief Rabbinate and religious councils treated them as second class citizens,» — said the MP Distribution.

Razvozov on civil burials: «the Religious councils belong to the immigrants as second-class citizens» 22.12.2015

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