Israeli Knesset passes law to revoke citizenship of ‘unpatriotic’ Israelis


Richard Moore

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Subject: Israeli Knesset passes law to revoke citizenship of 'unpatriotic' 
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 16:33:50 -0800

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International Middle East Media Center         January 10, 2007

Israeli Knesset passes law to revoke citizenship of 'unpatriotic' Israelis

by Saed Bannoura

A new law passed Wednesday will allow the Israeli government to revoke the 
citizenship of citizens considered unpatriotic to the Jewish state of Israel. 
The law is expected to be applied especially to the 20% of Israeli citizens who 
are of Palestinian origin.

Passage of the controversial law comes just as a torrent of criticism was 
launched by Knesset member Ahmed Tibi against the Knesset for alleged 
discrimination against its Arab members. Tibi accused the Knesset of 
discriminatory practices, in which Arab members are required to ask permission, 
even to use the bathroom, while Jewish members of the Knesset are not.

The new law, passed despite a recommendation against it by the Israeli Attorney 
General, allows for the deportation and revocation of citizenship of Israelis 
for a wide range of offenses, including "visiting enemy nations" and 
"encouraging terror against Israel", with the latter being so open to 
interpretation that many Palestinians with Israeli citizenship fear that simply 
being Palestinian will be reason enough for Israeli officials to revoke their 
citizenship.The Israeli Attorney General called the law, "a drastic and extreme 
move that harms civil liberties." He also stated that the new law violates 
international law.

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