Rabbi in Jewish certificate scam

The former senior rabbi of a town near Tel Aviv has been found guilty of receiving cash in exchange for certificates showing that people had converted to Judaism.

    People certified as Jews can claim Israeli citizenship

    A tribunal heard how Rabbi Yitzhak Barda from Ramat Gan had taken part in a scam under which applicants wrote to another rabbi in France in order to receive a certificate stating they were Jewish.

    Under Israeli law, any certified Jew is entitled to Israeli citizenship.

    Barda was found guilty on Sunday and is to be sentenced at a later date.

    The court rejected Barda's argument the money he received was to be used for "religious institutions". The sums involved were not known.



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