(A bill providing for more reasons that “allow” the Israeli Interior Minister to revoke the “residency” permits of residents of occupied Jerusalem and Golan. Amongst the “reasons” is obtaining citizenships of other countries including Gaza Strip).
Bill Proposed by: Amir Ohana and others
Bill No. 4744/20/F
On Wednesday the January, 3, 2018, the Knesset approved the preliminary reading of a bill providing for more reasons that “allow” the Israeli Interior Minister to revoke the “residency” permit of residents of occupied Jerusalem.
The bill calls on revoking the citizenship of any person who conducts any act of terrorism in accordance with the definition of “terrorism” as stipulated in the Israeli Law for counterterrorism, passed on by the Knesset in 2016. This also applies to those who contribute to an act of terrorism, encourage an act of terrorism or are members in an organization perceived by Israel as a terrorist organization. This includes political organizations and factions; this definition includes groups in the PLO and outside it. The permit will also be revoked from those who are accused of treason. Another clause indicates the residency permit will be revoked of those who obtain permanent residency in any of the countries listed under the Citizenship Act of 1952. The countries mentioned in the Act are: Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Gaza Strip.
The majority voted in favour of the bill, 63 MKs from both Coalition and Opposition parties, While 17 others from the opposition voted against it, and one member abstained from voting.
MK Amir Ohana from Likud Party initiated the bill, along with MK David Bitan and MK Sharren Haskel of the Likud Party, MK Shuli Moalem of the Jewish Home Party, MK Tali Ploskov and MK Roy Folkman of the Kulanu Party, MK Yakov Margi from Shas Party, and Oded Forer from Yisrael Beitenu Party.
The majority voted in favour of the bill, 63 -MKs from both Coalition and Opposition parties. While 17 deputies from Opposition Party voted against this law and one member abstained from voting.