RAMALLAH, July 21 (JMCC) - Fifty-three Israeli law-makers voted on Wednesday to extend the Citizenship and Entry law, which bans Palestinian spouses of Israeli citizens from receiving family unification.
The law, which has been in effect for seven years, was extended for another six months. Critics of the law in the Israeli Knesset
called it 'racist,' 'retroactive,' and 'ruthless.'
Minister of Religious Service Yakov Margi explained the background behind the law. The security reality has shown increased involvement of Palestinian residents of the region who have exploited the status they gained in Israel following family reunification proceedings with Israelis, to take part in terrorist activity, including assisting in the execution of suicide attacks. The Israeli ID cards have made them the preferred population to carry out attacks. Read
MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al) claimed that the law, which is defined as a temporary order, is not directed at boosting security, but aims to prevent the right of return.
That is what Minister Gideon Ezra said at the time, and it is what Interior Minister Eli Yishai says. In response to the High Court of Justice, the State has changed its words in order to fool the court, and says there are security circumstances. A stranger coming from another planet would think that up until now the door was open and any Palestinian who wanted to would enter and receive a warm welcome.
Tibi also spoke of his personal case. You see here a Palestinian love story on both sides of the Green Line – like in my case, I am from Tayibe and my wife is from Tulkarem – a threat to the existence of the stable state in the Middle East.
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