Title Law of Return, 5710-1950

Date of adoption



5 July 1950


Entry into force




Text versions English


Official source: Sefer Ha-Chukkim No. 51 of 5 July 1950 p. 159



This 1950 law sets out the basic right of every Jew to immigrate to Israel. This right can be abrogated if the potential immigrant is involved in activity directed against the Jewish people, if he poses a health or security risk, or if he is a criminal likely to endanger public welfare. A 1970 amendment to the law extended its provisions to include non-Jews who are the children of a Jew, their spouses, grandchildren of a Jew, and their spouses, and the spouse of a Jew, excluding a person who was a Jew but voluntarily changed his religion. The amendment also included a definition of a Jew as the child of a Jewish mother or a convert to Judaism who is not a member of another religion.