A Norwegian family of actors has been denied entry to Israel, because the Interior Ministry believes they may try to settle here.
The family members play the main roles in the musical «The Covenant» which tells the story of the People of Israel. They were planning to perform around Israel this summer.
The couple, Elizabeth and Robert Muren, wrote and composed the musical about the history of the Jewish People from Abraham until today. The late Israeli composer Ehud Manor translated the show into Hebrew, and even wrote the family a letter of recommendation, calling them « Wonderful and talented … enthusiastic Zionists and true lovers of the State of Israel and the Jewish People».
The couple’s children also appear in the play.
The play is performed in Hebrew here. Most of the actors do not know Hebrew, but they memorized the words.
The Murens have visited Israel and performed many times, on tourist visas. They came with their two children and lived in Jerusalem, and sought residency status for their children, as the children of foreign workers. In 2006 the Ministry rejected their request. Their appeal was also denied, and they were forced to leave the country.
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I do not know all the details in this Visa-application, and I have no right to judge the Israeli Government. But I have meet Robert Muren, and I have seen the Musical «The Covenant» in Jerusalem. I am just one of millions of tourist who want to come and bless the state of Israel, and the Jewish people.
My heart cried when I read this article in Haaretz. I hope and pray that this wonderful man and his family will be allowed to continue to work in Israel. They are good ambassadors for the Jewish state, and have done an excellent job in improving Jewish-Christian relations.