Apr 30 2018
Israeli occupation authorities decided on Sunday to strip four Jerusalemite MPs of their permanent residency under the pretext of not being loyal to Israel.
Lawyer Fadi al-Qawasmi said that the Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri decided to revoke the residency of MPs Mohammed Abu Tir, Ahmad Attoun, and Mohammed Toutah as well as of the former Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Khaled abu-Arafa.
In a statement, Al-Qawasmi said that the decision came after the Knesset approved a new bill earlier in March that allows the interior minister to strip any Jerusalemite of his residency rights if he is involved in "terrorism" or "anti-Israel acts".
According to al-Qawasmi, the Israeli Supreme Court in mid-September 2017 overturned a decision to revoke the residency of the Jerusalemite MPs.
However, it decided to give the Israeli government a time limit to enact a law that gives the interior ministry the power to strip any Jerusalemite of his residency.
The Palestinian lawyer described the bill as "unfair" and "illegal,” adding it was applied retroactively. He affirmed that he will return to Israeli courts to oppose the decision.
Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the Druze in the Syrian Golan Heights are considered residents not citizens by the Israeli authorities. Revoking their residency, according to the new bill, means expelling them permanently from these territories.
In 2006 the Israeli authorities confiscated the ID cards of the four Jerusalemite MPs after arresting them following their participation in a protest in Occupied Jerusalem. They spent several months in Israeli jails before they were deported to the West Bank.
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