Israel’s new government does not extend contentious citizenship law – .

Israel’s new government does not extend contentious citizenship law – .

And a new vote to extend the law can be presented to the Israeli parliament at a later date if the coalition manages to reach more compromise with opponents of the law and secure a majority.

Opponents of the law call it racist and discriminatory against Israelis most affected – the country’s Palestinian Arab citizens – by denying them the fundamental freedom to marry whomever they want and to gain legal status for them. their spouses.

Aida Touma-Sliman, a Palestinian Arab member of the opposition in parliament, called the law Monday a “moral and political disgrace” which enshrines “Jewish supremacy”.

“We hope that the law will be buried unceremoniously today,” she said, “so that our people can choose who to love and with whom to live”.

The law made some exceptions and allowed spouses from the occupied territories who are over a certain age to apply for temporary permits to join their partners and children in Israel. Permits must be renewed annually or every two years. But even after many years in Israel, these spouses live in uncertainty and lack basic social rights, such as the possibility of obtaining a driver’s license or health insurance.

According to HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, an Israeli human rights group that has called for the law to be repealed, more than 9,000 families in Israel and East Jerusalem are affected.

Yair Lapid, Israel’s centrist foreign minister, openly acknowledged on Monday the underlying demographic function of the law.


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