Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, thousands of people have fled their homes, sparking an international conversation surrounding refugee absorption into other countries. One of the countries debating the issue is Israel, a country where refugee absorption is part of the national discourse.

With Ukraine being the world’s fifth-largest Jewish community, many Ukrainian Jews have sought asylum in Israel. Under Israel’s Law of Return, anyone with a Jewish grandparent can automatically receive citizenship to Israel. However, not all Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Israel are eligible for citizenship.

While Israel has always been a safe haven for Jews, should that apply to non-Jewish refugees too?