Israel upholds citizenship bar for Palestinian spouses

BBC:

The law is thought to have prevented thousands of Palestinians from living with their Israeli spouses

Israel’s Supreme Court has upheld a law banning Palestinians who marry Israelis from gaining Israeli citizenship.

Civil rights groups had petitioned the court to overturn the law, saying it was unconstitutional.

“Human rights do not prescribe national suicide,” Judge Asher Grunis wrote in the judgement.

The law was introduced in 2003, with its backers citing security concerns and the need to ensure Israel remains a Jewish-majority state.

Human rights activists and Arab politicians condemned the court’s decision.

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Categories: Asia, Israel, Middle East, Palestine

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