Death and burial – ancient and now

Hiddush takes legal action against burial society’s illegal practice to bury immigrants “behind the fence”

Hiddush, representing a family of olim from the former Soviet Union, as well as MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union), has turned to the Ministry of Religious Services and the Attorney General for the immediate cessation of an illegal practice at the greater Tel Aviv area cemetery (and possibly other cemeteries). Contemptibly, the cemetery has created a separate burial plot for new immigrants, whether they are halakhically Jewish or not, unilaterally and without consent from the families of the deceased.

This follows on Hiddush’s previous initiative to ensure the respectable and equal burial of military casualties whose families immigrated from the former Soviet Union and who may not be considered halakhically Jewish, as they are of patrilineal Jewish descent. Hiddush plans to speak on this matter at an upcoming meeting of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs next week and we’ll keep you informed of further developments as they unfold.