Knesset passes bill to deport Arab citizens of Israel convicted with terrorism

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AMMAN — Knesset, the Israeli parliament, has passed a new bill that allows the government to revoke both the citizenship and residency status of Arab citizens of Israel who were convicted of terrorism and received funding from the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media reported. اضافة اعلان

The legislation even gives the interior minister the power to revoke the residency status of an Israeli citizen if they meet the aforementioned criteria.

The new law allows for the deportation of these individuals to the West Bank, even if the Palestinian Authority refuses to accept them.

‘Violates international law’The bill has faced criticism from Arab lawmakers in the Knesset who argue that the legislation violates international law.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called it a "powerful response to terrorism".

The law does give citizens seven days to respond to the minister's decision and provides the power of appeal. If the court approves the request, then they will be deported to the Palestinian Authority once they complete their prison sentence.

Avital Sternberg, Israel's Deputy Attorney General, said that the law's provision to deport individuals to the Palestinian Authority, even if it refuses to grant status to the deportee, may result in the law's disqualification.

Notably, Israel's Interior Ministry already has the power to revoke the citizenship of anyone charged with terrorism, which it has done in the past, and the High Court has ruled that anyone whose citizenship is revoked must still retain residency status if they do not hold another passport.

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