Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Israel's Interior Ministry Seeks to Annul Citizenship of 4 Arabs

Israel Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) is seeking to annul the citizenship of four Israeli-Arabs who have been living in "enemy" states who have been working against the State of Israel and allegedly have been involved in terrorist attacks.

The Citizenship Law, reports The Jerusalem Post,
authorized the minister to strip the citizenship of anyone who "committed an act involving breach of faith toward the State of Israel." However, the law was later amended to require the interior minister to petition a district court to revoke a person's citizenship if that person committed a breach of faith toward Israel. The person would also have to hold citizenship from another country.
In addition,
the amended version defines "breach of faith" as the commission of an act of terror or treason, or the obtainingcitizenship or residency rights in enemy countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen, as well as the Gaza Strip.
While left-wing groups criticized the action, the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel praised the action. 

Attorney Yossi Fuchs, a Legal Forum representative, said “It can not be that an Israel Citizen would work against the security of the State and his privileges would still be preserved. Citizenship is a privilege and anyone, who raises his hand against the State and hurts its security gives-up his privilege of being its citizen.”

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