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Netanyahu freezes civil conversion bill


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/netanyahu_freezes_civil_conversion_bill_20110110

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has extended a moratorium on a civil conversion bill for another six months. The bill proposed last year by Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu Party allows municipal rabbis to handle conversions -- few may do so now -- and permits only the president of the High Rabbinic Court to annul a conversion. It passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset last summer. The second moratorium will expire on July 10. The first had expired on Dec. 31.

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