Woman Can't Be Buried near Family

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CBNNews.com - TIBERIAS, Israel - The body of a 90-year-old woman, who lived and died in Tiberias, will be buried in Carmiel near Haifa because the rabbinic authorities determined she was not Jewish.

Since Maria Paprutzki's death a week ago, her family has been seeking a place to bury her. But there is no non-Jewish cemetery in Tiberias, and the rabbinate won't allow a non-Jew to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.

Labor MK (member of Knesset) Ofer Pines-Paz said too many immigrants face the same situation.

"The rabbinic institutions treat many immigrants as second-class citizens, even when they're dead," Pines-Paz said.

"This incident in Tiberias and the fact that the deceased may not be buried beside her family [members] illustrates the denigrating treatment…many immigrants receive, through no fault of their own," he said.

"These immigrants, who are an integral part of the Jewish nation and the State of Israel, deserve their rights," he said.

"They have tied their fate to ours out of choice and should live among us as equals and receive proper and respectful burial," Pines-Paz said.

Source: Haaretz

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