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Israeli parliament passes citizenship/loyalty law

“There is no citizenship without loyalty,” said Israeli MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), who proposed the bill, which passed its final reading in a vote of 37-11 in Israel’s parliament Monday evening. The law will allow the Supreme Court to “revoke citizenship, in addition to issuing prison sentences, against people who are convicted of treason, serious treason, aiding the enemy in a time of war, or having committed terror against the state.”

What is serious treason as opposed to regular treason? Who is the enemy? How is terror against the state defined?

Even the Israeli General Security Service deemed the bill irrational and superfluous.

During the bill’s final committee hearings, a Shin Bet attorney said that there are enough provisions in existing law to strip citizens’ citizenship as needed. He added that the bill itself was problematic and that Israeli Arabs indeed believe that the law is aimed at them.

Foreign Minister and primo legislator Avigdor Lieberman has another notch on his belt:

[Lieberman] lauded the Knesset’s decision as a step toward “contending with the phenomenon of exploiting democracy in order to subvert it.”

I am officially starting a campaign to revoke Yisrael Beiteinu MKs’ citizenship. Ideas are welcome.

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    1. Art Krueger

      This law would be very welcome in the USA.

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    2. Igor

      Mairav, revoking their citizenship seems to harsh. Maybe, for starters, just downgrade their citizenship to 2nd class citizens will do. With the appropriate marking in their IDs. This will expose them to extensive questioning at the airport, make them fully enjoy the checkpoint experience, and also many other things that go with the status….

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    3. pam

      one law for the zionists and one law for the arabs, this is meant to keep the zionists safe? Wait for it!!!! Hellfires will burn sooner than they think and I will be there stoking up the flames

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    4. Michael W.

      “37-11”? I thought you needed 61 votes to get a majority in a 120 seat parliament. And I didn’t hear that this was in committee level. Can someone explain to me why only 48 voted?

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    5. MS

      Thank you 972mag. It seems the mainstream western media has imposed a No Coverage Zone on this one.

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    6. Mike Seth

      An amendment that I fully support, and one that makes me want to consider joining Lieberman’s party. Being an Israeli citizen is mutually exclusive with attempting to undermine the state or carrying out political terrorism.

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    7. Robbie

      Sounds like a great law. I assume it will first be applied to Yigal Amir??

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    8. Waleed

      @ IGOR , the Palestinians are already 3rd class citizens , they go through all kinds of humiliation at Airports and checkpoints , be creative dear , your folks already thought about your racist ideas.

      A Mike , Israeli sympolizes all kinds of terrorism , if someone wants to learn how to terrorize people , he/she must read about the disgusting history of Israel

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    9. Woody

      Let it start. Take Jews around the world, remove their citizenship, and deport them to Israel. Lieberman can have his fantasy.

      I say the world just start mirroring Israeli government behavior towards the Jews in their own countries. Sounds harsh? Well what else will get the diaspora to cut the head off of Bibi’s government?

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    10. rick

      michael, a global answer, not specific on the knesset.

      to pass a law one need a majority of votes (called simple majority or more than half). many laws in many parliaments around the world are passed by a majority of votes, but not of seats, because some mps were absent. in some cases one need a supermajority (like 2/3) or a absolute majority (majority of the entire membership) for example to change a constitution.

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    11. Favorite Lieberman quote: the bill is “contending with the phenomenon of exploiting democracy in order to subvert it.”

      If only this was slightly less convoluted. A meme would have been in its future.

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    12. If the law applies to all, I suggest it be implemented with Neturai Karta, who openly oppose a Zionist state. The Rabbis who visited Iran should be stripped of their citizenship.
      That would be a great place to start!

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    13. Igor

      @Waleed, my point exactly…

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