Activists decry Israeli court decision extending bar to Palestinian citizenship
Catholic World News - January 13, 2012
A decision by Israel’s highest court, preventing Palestinians from gaining Israeli citizenship by marrying an Israeli spouse, has drawn criticism from human-rights activists.
The court’s ruling, announced on January 11, preserves a policy that was instituted to curb the growth of the Palestinian minority among Israeli citizens. A Palestinian who marries an Israeli citizen now faces the option of living in the Palestinian territories, seeking a temporary permit to live in Israel, or applying for exemption from the policy. Only about 1% of applications for exemption are successful.
Human-rights activists decry the policy as racist. Israeli supporters reply that it is necessary to prevent the eventual emergence of a Palestinian majority on Israeli soil. “Human rights are not a prescription for national suicide," wrote Justice Asher Grunis, explaining the court’s decision.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our July expenses ($8,367 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!