Controversial citizenship bill passed into law

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Controversial citizenship bill passed into law
The bill aims to tighten immigration controls, making it harder for Palestinians who marry Israeli Arabs to receive citizenship.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Published: MARCH 10, 2022

A nine-month legislative saga ended on Thursday night when right-wing coalition and opposition parties joined in passing into law the controversial citizenship bill, which is aimed at tightening immigration controls and making it harder for Palestinians who marry Israeli Arabs to receive citizenship. The bill was defeated by one vote in July due to a last-minute rebellion by MK Amichai Chikli. Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked tried to pass it ever since.

The new law, sponsored by Religious Zionist MK Simcha Rothman, applies to Israelis of any nationality who marry any foreign resident. That spouse will not receive citizenship automatically. The bill’s supporters said it was necessary for Israeli security, because a significant percentage of terror attacks conducted by Israeli citizens were carried out by men who received citizenship by marrying Israelis.

"This is a Zionist law for our national security that should not have been abandoned for narrow politics," Shaked said. Labor and Meretz MKs absented themselves from the vote to protest it not having enough humanitarian exceptions. Ra’am (United Arab List) MKs voted against it.

more.............. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-700979
 
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