Hamas condemns passing of law banning Palestinian family reunification

Hamas criticizes passing of law banning Palestinian family reunification

Agencies Gaza Post – The Hamas Movement condemned the Knesset’s passing of the “Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law” as “a continuous racist crime that exposes the true face of the Israeli occupation state.”

Hamas spokesman Jihad Taha said that such law is aimed at emptying the Palestinian land of its people, in press remarks on Friday  especially occupied Jerusalem, through refusing to include the children of many Jerusalemite families in the civil registry.

Spokesman Taha expressed his Movement’s rejection of this racist law that violates international resolutions and covenants, including the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Hamas urged the United Nations and other concerned groups to condemn the racist law and take responsibility for it by criminalizing the occupation state and holding it accountable for its acts.

Israel’s Knesset enacted a law denying naturalization to Palestinians married to Israeli citizens from the occupied West Bank and Gaza, forcing thousands of Palestinian families to either move or live apart, last Thursday.

The so-called citizenship law was approved by 45 Knesset members out of 120.

Its supporters urge that the rule helps Israel keep its “Jewish character” while still ensuring its security.

Some Knesset members claimed it was meant to deter Palestinian refugees from returning to their homes or fleeing during the 1948 war from exercising their right of return.

“Israel is a Jewish state, and it will remain that way,” declared Simcha Rothman of the far-right Religious Zionism party. He co-sponsored the bill with Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked.

However, detractors claim that the rule discriminates against Israel’s Arab minority, who are Palestinian by birth but Israeli citizens, by preventing them from extending citizenship and permanent residency privileges to their Palestinian wives.

(Source / 12.03.2022)

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