Posted by: becketfund | March 14, 2007

Israel: Shas Proposes Stricter Anti-Conversion Law

Ynet News reports that Shas, Israel’s ultra-orthodox Sephardic party with the third-largest number of seats in the Knesset, has proposed a law that would make proselytism illegal in Israel and punishable by a year in jail. Though Shas expressed particular concern for missionary groups active within the country, they claimed the bill would apply equally to all religions, and dismissed suggestions that the proposal violates freedom of religion. Israeli law currently forbids only coerced conversions, imposing up to five years in prison or a fine for those offering incentives in return for conversions.

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