Jerusalem - An man who fled Great Britain after pleading not guilty to seven counts of sexual assault on multiple children has joined a very short list of people denied Israeli citizenship under the obscure “Law of Return.”
The JC.com is reporting that Todros Grynhaus, 48, a former teacher from Salford, left Britain using a fake passport, only to be arrested in Jerusalem in February.
Invoking the rarely used Law of Return, which contains an exemption allowing the Israeli government to deny citizenship to a person deemed a danger to the public welfare, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar rejected Grynhaus’ application for citizenship earlier this week.
Only two other men have ever been denied citizenship under the Law of Return.
Legendary American mobster Meyer Lansky was returned to the U.S. in 1970 for tax evasion, and American activist Victor Vancier, a devotee of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane and the Kach party, was deported in 1994.
An attorney for Grynhaus said he plans to appeal the minister’s decision to the Israeli Supreme Court.