The nation's largest organization of Orthodox Jews on Friday condemned interference by "some North American Jewish circles" in an immigration law question it said Israelis alone should settle.
The resolution adopted at the 90th anniversary convention of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America didn't identify any particular group as interfering with Israeli sovereignty.In New York, leaders of 21 organizations associated with Judaism's Reform and Conservative branches were announcing they will fly to Jerusalem on Sunday to plead against a proposal by Orthodox leaders in Israel that would deny automatic citizenship to non-Orthodox converts.
"The question of who is a Jew should be decided by the Jewish people, and not by a political body," the delegation said in a statement.
The issue arose in the wake of the recent Israeli election in which neither major party achieved a parliamentary majority.
Parties of the religious Orthodox, which have the swing votes to form a government, demand a change in the Law of Return as the price of joining a coalition that would be led by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. The law grants Israeli citizenship automatically to all Jews.