42 people ask for 'irreligious' status

Dec. 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

JERUSALEM, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- More than 40 Israeli journalists following in the footsteps of author Yoram Kaniuk petitioned the High Court of Justice to attain "irreligious" status.

On Thursday, 42 people showed up to the court looking to relinquish their "Jewish" status, Ynetnews reported.

They are seeking a straightforward way to change their official religious status, and to receive a "public certificate" of their irreligious status.

Among petitioners were journalist Yaron London and his partner author Michal Zamir, former Deputy Commander of the Israeli Air Force Amos Amir and poet Oded Carmeli.

Petitioners said those requesting this change feel it is about "freedom and self-determination" and "suits their life's reality" and that they should be able to change their status without appealing to the court.

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