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Supreme Court okays revoking citizenship of terrorists

Illustrative: Security prisoners during a visit session at Ofer Prison near Ramallah, August 20, 2008 (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
Illustrative: Security prisoners during a visit session at Ofer Prison near Ramallah, August 20, 2008 (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

The Supreme Court rules that the state can revoke the citizenship of those who carry out terror attacks and commit other actions that constitute breach of trust against the State of Israel.

The court rules that carrying out terror attacks, actions that constitute treason, severe espionage, or acquiring citizenship with the right for permanent residency in an enemy state would constitute this kind of breach of trust.

The ruling states that citizens who carry out such actions can have their citizenship revoked even if they have no other citizenship, but said that the interior minister would then be obligated to provide that person with a residency permit.

Right-wing lawmakers warmly welcome the ruling. Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman says that a situation in which citizens can “commit cruel acts of terrorism [and] hold Israeli citizenship is intolerable” and he praises the court for “ending this absurdity.”

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