Monday, August 2, 2021

Israel’s Parliament fails to extend controversial law barring Palestinians from being granted citizenship rights upon marrying Israelis

Israel’s Parliament has failed to pass an extension to a controversial law barring Palestinians from the occupied West Bank or Gaza from being granted citizenship rights upon marrying Israelis.

After a debate that lasted through the night, the vote was tied 59 to 59. It was the first major political test for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition since it took office in June. The legislation, which critics say is discriminatory, is due to expire by tonight.

Mr Bennett set up the vote on the citizenship law as a vote of confidence in his new ideologically-diverse government, which includes left-wing, centrist, right-wing and Arab parties. He had hoped a compromise tabled yesterday would be accepted.

But in a tense, late-night session, 59 members of parliament voted in favour and 59 against, with two abstentions from the United Arab List, a party representing Israel’s Arab minority that sits in the coalition.

Right-wing opposition politicians who had formerly supported the legislation, led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, voted against the law to embarrass Mr Bennett, who leads the right-wing nationalist Yamina party.

The Citizenship and Entry Law was originally passed in 2003, when Palestinian militants were carrying out attacks inside Israel.

The authorities have renewed it every year since, citing security reasons. However, critics believe it is motivated by the desire to maintain a Jewish majority in Israel.

Thousands of Palestinians married to Israeli citizens but unable to claim citizenship rights may now be able to do so.

- Advertisement -
Latest news

Culture Ministry launches unique programme to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on Independence Day

Culture Ministry on Monday launched a unique programme to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on Independence Day this year. The initiative, connected with the...

Remembering Pingali Venkayya, the architect of India’s national flag

“He was a polymath with interests in geology, education, agriculture, and languages.” – M Venkaiah Naidu on Pingali Venkayya. A country is identified and distinguished by...

PM Modi launches e-RUPI digital payment platform

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched e-RUPI, a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment through video conferencing a short while ago. E-Rupi, a person...

Lok Sabha passes General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021 amid din. The bill seeks to amend the General Insurance...
Related news

Culture Ministry launches unique programme to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on Independence Day

Culture Ministry on Monday launched a unique programme to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on Independence Day this year. The initiative, connected with the...

Remembering Pingali Venkayya, the architect of India’s national flag

“He was a polymath with interests in geology, education, agriculture, and languages.” – M Venkaiah Naidu on Pingali Venkayya. A country is identified and distinguished by...

PM Modi launches e-RUPI digital payment platform

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched e-RUPI, a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment through video conferencing a short while ago. E-Rupi, a person...

Lok Sabha passes General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021 amid din. The bill seeks to amend the General Insurance...