New Israeli law threatens even more Palestinians.
A new law that has been passed by the Israeli Knesset allowing for easy deportation of those who do not fit the criteria.
The new law will allow Israel’s interior minister to effectively kick out of the country anyone who they feel lack ‘loyalty’ to the state of Israel.
The complexities of the regions history means that there are many Palestinians living in the region who will come up against the harsh new law.
Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri will be able to revoke the nationality of Jerusalemite Palestinians whom he considers to have committed a “breach of loyalty” to the country.
Currently, Palestinians living in Jerusalem are in a catch 22 situation. They are neither considered fully Israeli or Palestinian and are effectively living in no-mans land. The only option they have is to stay silent in the hope that the xenophobic law will not come for them.
“as an extremely racist piece of legislation,”
“By unethically stripping the residency of Palestinians from Jerusalem and depriving the rights of those Palestinians to remain in their own city, the Israeli government is acting in defiance of international law and is violating international human rights and humanitarian laws,“
Religious clashes in the area have made in almost impossible for people to live normal lives for decades now. There seems to be no let up in the hostility between the two camps, and clashes and violence in the area are a daily occurrence.
The new law, which was first proposed last September has echoes of Nazi Germany and the surrounding areas in the 1940’s. Government officials will be able to seize residency documents from anyone they deem to be a ‘threat’ to the country, and they will be forced into exile.
Aryeh Deri took to Twitter to explain how the new rule will be carried out.
He said it will be:
“used against permanent residents who plan to carry out attacks against Israeli citizens”
There are currently 420,000 Palestinians living in Jerusalem who are at risk of falling foul to this new legislation. They currently have poor citizens rights and are only allowed temporary Jordanian passports if they wish to travel out of the country.
The new law seems to highlight the fact that the reality of peace in the Middle East seems to be further away than ever.
Via Almasdar News