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Israeli Lawmakers Propose Bill to Revoke Citizenship of Those Charged with Terrorism

Israeli Lawmakers Propose Bill to Revoke Citizenship of Those Charged with Terrorism

Thursday, 15 April, 2021 - 06:00
Arab Israelis in the Galilee congratulate Mansour Abbas on his victory in the elections (AFP)

Israeli lawmakers Avi Dichter and Orit Struk proposed a bill that 42 other lawmakers approved, calling for revoking Israeli citizenship of any resident charged with any act of terrorism or receives payments from the Palestinian Authority.

The law also proposes banishing those citizens from Israel to PA areas. However, the persons will be allowed back if they return the money to the PA, after which they will have their Israeli citizenship reinstated.

Dichter and Struk said that there are many "terrorists" who hold Israeli citizenship or residency and receive monthly salaries from the PA for attacks they launch.

Dichter said the proposal comes following the release of Rushdi Abu Mokh, who was charged with the murder of an Israeli soldier in the 80s and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

However, during the term of late Israeli President Shimon Peres, Abu Mokh was granted partial amnesty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Upon his release last week, a huge ceremony was held, sparking anger among Israelis.

The family of the Israeli soldier demanded revoking Abu Mokh's citizenship.

A similar law was proposed by Dichter in the previous Knesset in October 2020, and 18 members signed on it.

However, it didn’t pass through the legislative procedures, and it wasn’t approved in the preliminary reading.

Odds are low that the law will be passed, now that the right-wing has won the majority of the Knesset seats (73 out of 120).

For its part, the Joint List considered this as an introduction to collateral expulsions of Palestinians.

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