A few months ago, I reported here on the case of Baby Adele, the Palestinian infant who was essentially stolen by the Israeli welfare ministry from her biological mother and father. To recap the sad tale, Daniela Vaknin, who was raised in a troubled Jewish home, married a Palestinian man. Together they had a baby they named Adele.
But they had a problem. Or I should say they were a problem. Israel officially disapproves of miscegenation. The idea of a Jewish woman marrying an Arab is a social phenomenon that Israeli racialists like Bentzi Gopstein and his terror group, Lehava, rail against.
Social welfare officials pressured Daniela to give her baby up for adoption. They figured they could find a nice Jewish home to raise the child, where she would make the Jewish religion proud. Social workers removed Adele from Daniela’s care.
She has essentially been fighting for years to regain custody, with the government mounting an insurmountable campaign against her. In such situations, where officials have taken a child away from biological parents, there is virtually nothing they can do. They have little or no rights to fight back. The State maintains absolute power. It knows best.
The welfare ministry awarded Adele to an ultra-Orthodox couple as foster parents, with the intent of moving to adoption as soon as possible. But there was a minor fly in the ointment. The foster couple divorced. Then officials had a quandary: you cannot award a child to a single parent. But they fixed that quick by finding a new woman for him to marry. Now the new couple has resumed the adoption process and it is close to finalized.
But Daniela still believes she has a chance to redeem Adele from the social welfare system. Before she gave birth, she went before a Sharia court (an officially-recognized Israeli State body) and attested to judges that she had converted to Islam. As far as Israeli law is concerned, after their approval she was officially recognized as Muslim.
But Israeli bureaucrats had a different idea. Those who convert must submit their conversion legal document to a clerk at the Justice ministry for proper recording. But in this case, the clerk didn’t do so. For some reason, he refused. Several years went by and when Daniela inquired, the official said that he couldn’t record it because she had used, as one part of her full name, a name that wasn’t recorded on her conversion document.
There is no provision for the Justice ministry to deny a conversion. That is the job, in the case of Israeli Muslims, of the Sharia court. There is also no provision to delay a conversion due to such a supposed error on the registrant’s part. In fact, Daniela is Muslim whether the ministry says do or not. No clerk can deny her what Israeli law guarantees her.
But when a bureaucracy wants to reach a desired outcome, rules, regulations, and rights fly out the window.
The reason the question of Daniela’s conversion is critical to the case is that the State of Israel may not place a child for adoption with Jewish parents if the child is Muslim. Until now, the State could argue that the biological mother was Jewish, therefore the adoption is legal. If Daniela is Muslim, it is no longer viable.
So Daniela would like (via her attorney) to question the Justice ministry official about his actions. The Welfare ministry has objected. You have to wonder why. Was there collusion between the two ministries to invalidate her conversion (something they don’t have the power to do anyway)? Now, Israeli courts will decide the matter.
Vaknin’s hopes to block the adoption on these grounds. The hearing on whether Daniela’s attorney may question the recalcitrant clerk will be next month.
The State wants to steal Daniela’s baby. It has already destroyed her marriage with her Palestinian husband (who has since remarried), though he remains committed to helping Daniela regain their child. Now it wishes to complete the task by offering a Palestinian child to an ultra-Orthodox couple. This is a profound insult to Israeli Muslims. It is a profound violation of religious rights and liberties. It is a glaring example of a Jewish supremacist state running roughshod over its non-Jewish citizens. This is a busha v’cherpa.
I wish Daniela well. She is a brave woman facing a massive institutional juggernaut. I hope she frees Adele from the maw of the Israeli nanny-state.