2018-07-04 / Mideast

Rabbinical courts can punish Diaspora husbands

Israel’s Knesset passed a new law that allows the country’s rabbinical courts to handle the divorce cases of non-Israelis in cases where the husband is withholding a get, or Jewish writ of divorce.

Under the law passed by a vote of 42-24, with two abstentions, state rabbinical courts can impose sanctions against non- Israeli recalcitrant husbands who enter Israel, including jail time and preventing him from leaving the country.

The temporary law will be on the books for the next three years, and the Knesset will monitor its implementation. (JTA)

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