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June 20, 2017 8:42 am

Knesset Legislation Looks to Strip Terrorists and Their Families of Israeli Citizenship, Residency

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Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Photo: Itzik Edri via Wikimedia Commons. – Following the June 16 terrorist attack in Jerusalem, in which Israeli Border Police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka was murdered, lawmakers submitted legislation on Monday proposing to strip terrorists of their Israeli citizenship and revoke their relatives’ residency and work permits.

Israel Hayom obtained a copy of the bill, which states before any accused terrorist or his or her relatives have their citizenship, residency or work permits revoked, the interior minister will allow the permit holder a chance to prove that he or she was uninvolved in the act. If they are innocent, the permits will remain valid.

The bill also stipulates that in cases where citizenship or residency and work permits are revoked, the holders will also lose eligibility for benefits from the National Insurance Institute.

MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beiteinu), who submitted the bill, said, “We will no longer allow the absurd [situation] in which terrorists and those who aid terrorism carry blue [Israeli] ID cards and enjoy the rights and benefits of citizens, while acting to annihilate us.”

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