Israeli parliament voted to extend citizenship law

On July 21, 2010, the Israeli Knesset voted 53-13 to extend a law limiting the ability of Arab-Israelis to bring Palestinian family members into Israel. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, first passed by the Knesset in 2002, allows only Palestinian women 25 years or older and men 35 years or older to join their families in Israel and eventually be eligible for full citizenship. The law, extended for six months, has been extended every year since it was first passed. In explaining the need for the law, Minister of Religious Services Yakov Margi stated that the policy was necessary to increase security because some Palestinian residents have exploited their legal status following reunification proceedings to carry out suicide bombings. Arab-Israeli members of the Knesset described the law as racist and discriminatory and said that it failed to address security concerns.


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