.om Our Own Correspondent HAIFA, Sunday RAEL'S Supreme Court has rejected, by a majority four to one, an uncedented attempt by a tholic priest to prove that conversion from Judaism . not affect his national :us as a member of the .:ish race.
he priest is Fr. Daniel, born a :sh Jew 40 years ago, who is ,resent a member of the Carite community in Haifa. He applied for immigrant papers er the Law of Return, by which :y Jew has the right to settle iediately in Israel. He took this as a matter of principle in of the fact that, as a resident the last three years, he could si Israeli nationality under the nal naturalisation provisions. alp Moshe Silberg, the Presi of the Court, made it clear the decision was based on lay not on religious law. He also led Fr. Daniel's argument that ction of his case woukl turn el into a theocracy. The ent Halachah, or religious law, ever, insists that the Jewish lion, nationality and ethnic iation are indivisible, and it is sible that this tradition influ:d the Court's decision to some .nt.
r. Daniel's action was a peril plea for the recognition of iraic Christians ae members of Jewish race. Born Oswald eisen in Southern Poland, he forced into the German ranks in interpreter during the occuon of his country, and the is, unaware of his Jewish mtage, eventually promoted to' the rank of Gestapo .eant-major.
thie capacity he continually :d his countrymen and coOs lists, often confusing Gesye aerations by issuing transla s sf ordees which contradicted i6tentions of his German 'Hors.
1 1942 his identity was betrayed he Germans, and he hid in a Tielite monastery for 18 months ire rejoining the Polish parti: in their guerrilla campaign nst the occupation forces. ing this stage he became rested in Catholicism, and was itually converted.
t one stage he was nearly :uted by his own comrades, refused to believe that hie tap() service had been involun. but was saved by the evid: of a survivor from the razed ghetto who had been saved 'ugh his efforts.
is war record and background made this an admirable test s And another step has been :n towards the definition of iat is a Jew" which Israelis sought since the foundation their state. Although a firm ver has been given in this case, clear that the necessary define: hat; not yet been reached.