Israel To Vote On Bill To Revoke Palestinians’ Residency Status
The bill, would allow Israelis to strip Palestinians if they are involved in terrorism or have committed breach of trust against the state

A new bill, known as the Mohammed Abu Tir, which would give Israel the authority to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in the city of Jerusalem or in the northern Golan Heights region under certain conditions will be submitted to a coalition committee for review on Sunday.

The bill, would allow Israelis to strip Palestinians in Jerusalem or the Golan Heights of their residency if they are involved in terrorism or have committed breach of trust against the state. The committee will vote on whether to back the proposed legislation.

The draft law was put forth by Likud lawmaker Amir Ohana in response to a High Court ruling in September which banned a 2006 the interior ministry’s decision stripping four East Jerusalem Palestinians of their residency status. One of the four was a member of the Palestinian cabinet, while the other three were elected to the Palestinian parliament, representing a slate affiliated with Hamas.

The High court ruled that the minister didn’t have the authority to revoke the four men’s residency status, but permitted the state six months to draft a law that would empower the government with that ability.

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Previously in January 2006, Mohammed Abu Tir, Mohammed Amran Totah and Ahmed Mohammed Atoun were elected to the Palestinian parliament on the Hamas-affiliated Reform and Change ticket, but Khaled Abu Arafeh, who didn’t run, was selected to the Palestinian cabinet on behalf of the party. Four months later, then-Interior Minister Roni Bar-On told them he would revoke their permanent residency status unless they resigned their parliament and cabinet seats, which they refused to do. Later on June 2006, their residency was revoked on the grounds that they were “key activists in the institutions of Hamas.”

After Israelis seized the eastern sector of Jerusalem during 1967, they granted Palestinian residents of the city permanent residency status, a blue ID card giving them access to social benefits and health care but not full citizenship.

The UN called on Israel to withdraw from territory seized in 1967, including a General Assembly motion passed last week to reject US decision on Jerusalem which broke with international consensus and unleashed protests across the Muslim world.

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