DNA tests in Israel #dna


Yohanan
 

Binyomin's post re DNA tests and Halacha (or Halocho) reminded me of the
issue of DNA tests for Genealogical purposes in Israel.
My understanding is that the tests are prohibited by the Israeli law.
Therefore MyHeritage, as an Israeli company,
can't sell a kit to anyone with address in Israel.
An Israeli can do a test only if someone >from overseas order the kit to
their overseas address and send it back >from overseas,
and the account should be linked to an overseas email.
I wonder what does the law say and what is the rule for kits >from other
companies, e.g. FamilyTreeDNA.

Yohanan Loeffler


Martin Davis (com)
 

Yohanan Loeffler: "My understanding is that the tests are prohibited
by the Israeli law. Therefore MyHeritage, as an Israeli company, can't
sell a kit to anyone with address in Israel. An Israeli can do a test
only if someone >from overseas order the kit to their overseas address
and send it back >from overseas, and the account should be linked to an
overseas email. I wonder what does the law say and what is the rule for
kits >from other companies, e.g. FamilyTreeDNA."

Is that really so - no statement like that should be published without
citing the actual facts - it is just hearsay.

I would, at a minimum, want to know which Israeli 'law' this is -
definitely not the one that has been proposed to be used to establish
the right of return for former citizens of the FSU. I match with dozens
of Israeli kits on myHeritage and FTDNA and cannot imagine they, or the
various DNA testing centres based in Israel, are breaking or bending
the law but I'm happy to learn new facts!

Martin Davis
London (UK)


Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin
 

The law in Israel does not forbid DNA tests for genealogy. It does
forbid genetic testing for parentage without a court order, (to protect
children >from being declared Mamzerim according to Jewish law) and does
require registration for those having a genetic database.

Israelis test freely with the American companies Family Tree DNA and 23
And Me, which do not come under Israeli Jurisdiction. Ancestry does not
send its kits to Israel, and MyHeritage as an Israeli company does not
sell kits to Israelis, but I think that they do allow you to upload your
raw data >from other companies.

Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin

Martin Davis martindavis@hotmail.com wrote:

Yohanan Loeffler: "My understanding is that the tests are prohibited
by the Israeli law. Therefore MyHeritage, as an Israeli company, can't
sell a kit to anyone with address in Israel. An Israeli can do a test
only if someone >from overseas order the kit to their overseas address
and send it back >from overseas, and the account should be linked to an
overseas email. I wonder what does the law say and what is the rule for
kits >from other companies, e.g. FamilyTreeDNA."

Is that really so - no statement like that should be published without
citing the actual facts - it is just hearsay.

I would, at a minimum, want to know which Israeli 'law' this is -
definitely not the one that has been proposed to be used to establish
the right of return for former citizens of the FSU. I match with dozens
of Israeli kits on myHeritage and FTDNA and cannot imagine they, or the
various DNA testing centres based in Israel, are breaking or bending
the law but I'm happy to learn new facts!


Sarah L Meyer
 

Friends,
This is my understanding of the situation:
1. Israeli law (due to concern about mamzerim) has a law that prohibits DNA
testing for the purpose of "finding family". As far as I know paternity
tests and health tests are still permitted. This law is about 2 years old.
2. My Heritage does not sell to Israelis or allow uploads >from Israeli
computers. Some people have their data uploaded >from the US or elsewhere.
3. I have purchased and sent DNA kits >from FTDNA to Israel, that were
returned directly to the lab in Houston. Some were prior to the passage of
this law. Since I live in the US, I was able to upload the results of the
Israeli kits to MyHeritage.
4. I have a number of Israeli matches on MyHeritage to my own kit - and
their MyHeritage site and information is in Hebrew

Sarah Meyer
Georgetown, TX
https://www.sarahsgenies.com

^^^
Martin Davis martindavis@hotmail.com wrote:

Yohanan Loeffler: "My understanding is that the tests are prohibited by
the Israeli law. Therefore MyHeritage, as an Israeli company, can't
sell a kit to anyone with address in Israel. An Israeli can do a test
only if someone >from overseas order the kit to their overseas address
and send it back >from overseas, and the account should be linked to an
overseas email. I wonder what does the law say and what is the rule for
kits >from other companies, e.g. FamilyTreeDNA."

Is that really so - no statement like that should be published without
citing the actual facts - it is just hearsay.

I would, at a minimum, want to know which Israeli 'law' this is -
definitely not the one that has been proposed to be used to establish
the right of return for former citizens of the FSU. I match with dozens
of Israeli kits on myHeritage and FTDNA and cannot imagine they, or the
various DNA testing centres based in Israel, are breaking or bending
the law but I'm happy to learn new facts!


Patricia Kreel
 

I had my genetic dna test with LivingDNA however I cannot download it on
any of the sites. They claim that one can but it is not working . I
belong to MyHeritage and Ancestry.com and am contemplating doing a test
with Ancestry. My Heritage says no dna downloads or tests are available
for Israel.

Patsy Kreel
Sede Ilan Israel


Eric Mack
 

I live in Israel and am a paid subscribe to MyHeritage, because of their
extensive genealogy data base and their matching features.

I just (re-)tried to upload my DNA kit >from Ancestry.

The MyHeritage screen tells me: "DNA tests are not available in Israel."

Eric Mack, Jerusalem