Israel minister proposes citizenship-revoking bill for ‘Arabs’ [Palestinians]  in Israel

Israeli interior minister Ayelet Shaked (Menahem Kahana - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  March 26, 2022

Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked is to promote a bill that would revoke the citizenship of Arabs [Palestinians] in Israel involved in resistance acts, Israel Hayom reported on Friday.

Referring to the resistance against the Israeli occupation, Shaked said that Arabs in Israel (Palestinians) who carry out “terrorist acts” would be revoked of their Israeli citizenship.

Shaked stated that promoting this bill comes in response to the stabbing incident in Negev on Tuesday. However, she affirmed that she had planned to advance this bill since becoming interior minister.

Israel Hayom said that the bill Shaked is promoting is based on a bill once put forth by MKs Avi Dichter and Orit Strock.

“There are no compromises in the war on terror,” Shaked told Israel Hayom. “The bill to revoke the citizenship and residency of murderers is the appropriate response to this week’s terrible attack in Beersheba.”

She added: “Despicable murderers and terrorists who carry out attacks against Jews shouldn’t be given prizes. Anyone who turns their back on Israel and receives payment from the PA isn’t worthy of being part of the country.”

The interior minister stated that she “intends to promote this bill” because it “is important to Israel’s security”.

According to Israel Hayom, Shaked proclaimed: “We must not forget: every terrorist who sets out to perpetrate an attack has a blank check from [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] Abu Mazen, who promises to pay them according to the number of casualties the attack causes. Under that brutal and antisemitic Palestinian law, terrorists residing in Israel receive more.”