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Meretz seeks to put brakes on renewing ‘Citizenship Law’

Palestinians and Arab Israelis protest against the 2003 Citizenship and Entry Law into Israel, on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Palestinians and Arab Israelis protest against the 2003 Citizenship and Entry Law into Israel, on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The left-wing Meretz party submits an appeal to Cabinet Secretary Shalom Shlomo against the controversial “Citizenship Law.”

Such a move is intended to block the bill from coming to a vote in the Knesset floor without the approval of Meretz and the Ra’am party.

The legislation, which bars Palestinians who marry Israelis from receiving permits to live with their spouses in Israel, has been on the books for years, but expired last year after the coalition failed to win a dramatic vote on extending it.

On Sunday, cabinet ministers gave first-stage approval to bringing the legislation back to the Knesset for a vote, in hopes of gaining the support of right-wing opposition MKs — who only voted against it last year in order to embarrass the coalition.

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