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Searching the Hamas terror vehicle following Jerusalem attack Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Lawmakers are set to vote today (Thursday, Nov. 6) on a new law to revoke Israeli citizenship of a convicted terrorist, anyone who helped him or her, and any of their relatives.

The bill, submitted by Yisrael Beytenu Knesset member Shimon Ohayon, allows but does not require the Interior Minister to make the final decision about who will lose their citizenship.

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Those who stand to lose their citizenship will have the right to offer a defense before their rights are revoked.

“The fight against terrorism must be comprehensive and extensive,” Ohayon told journalists.

Benefits of citizenship in Israel include monthly stipends for children’s support from the National Insurance Institute, for instance, as well as other government financial support.

Taking away such benefits, said Ohayon, would be one way to create an alternative to the current situation in which terrorists enjoy the privileges granted to citizens by the State of Israel.

“It is absurd that someone can continue to benefit from the rights of an Israeli citizen while they want to harm or kill us. Nothing gets in their way because they are free to move around anywhere in the country – and this leads Israeli citizens to lose their basic sense of security,” Ohayon observed.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

20 COMMENTS

  1. does anyone know if this fantastic law passed?
    i wish we would do the same here in the us.
    as well as revoke birthright citizenship.
    thats why we get so mant illeagals having kids here the birthright thing
    seems like you have the same problem if i read this right smh

  2. There must be consequences. Revocation of citizenship is only a beginning for convicted terrorists. Maybe they could even be made to "stay" in jail for their crimes.
    How about deportation upon release. And let us not forget the supportive, loving family who collected bounty for all those years served.
    Give them something to think about.

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