Israel Upholds Citizenship Bar for Palestinian Spouses

BBC News, January 12, 2012

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.

The court “had failed the test of justice”, said Arab-Israeli MP Jamal Zahalka of the Balad party.

“It is a dark day for the protection of human rights and for the Israeli High Court,” lawyers from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel told AFP.

“The ruling proves how much the situation regarding the civil rights of the Arab minority in Israel is declining into a highly dangerous and unprecedented situation”, Arab-Israeli civil rights group Adalah, one of those that brought the petition, said in a statement.

The Citizenship and Entry Law was passed in 2003, during the second Palestinian intifada (uprising), as waves of suicide bombings targeted Israel.

Many were launched from the West Bank, some with the help of Israeli Arabs.

Initially, the law was emergency legislation which has since been extended periodically.

It was amended in 2005, allowing women over 25 and men over 35 to apply for temporary permits to live in Israel, but still ruling out citizenship for all but a handful of cases.

In 2007, it was expanded to apply to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

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  • Anonymous

    Well of course it’s wrong. National suicide is the only correct thing to do. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard that Israel is the only nation in the world where its illegal for a Jew to marry a gentile (like me!).

    If only they had the common sense to do that here.

    No, if only white women had the common sense not to mix with black men.  If only.

    Instead I see the suicide of the white race almost every day I walk to work.  I earnestly hope and pray this reverses itself and people wake up.

  • Son of Abraham

    Thank God there are some Jews left who have not been infected with the scourge of liberalism and multiculturism. Too bad so many in the US have fallen ill with it — a real tragedy for a people so suppposedly smart. 

    • They don’t want in in their land. They want “National Suicide” for any nation that could produce a nazi majority. Just like they pushed junk science for circumcision so they could not be singled out.

  • What amazes me is the disconnect between what is right for Israel and what
    is right for the United States. Any Zionist who is for open immigration
    into the United States is…….well at the least they are
    inconsistent. At the most, they are outright hypocrites.

    • Anonymous

      Not at all. Israeli immigrants to the United States do not engage in terrorism. 

      • Anonymous

        So I’m guessing you don’t count JDL bombings as terrorism?

        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Defense_League

      • Zorro

        Why is it that Jews can hold duel Citizenship with Israel and serve in their Military, but like Rahm Emmanuel, will not serve in the US Military?

        There should be no favoritism shown to them. If others cannot serve a Foreign Power without losing their Natural-born Citizenship status for doing so, for example, an Italian-American serving in the Italian Army, then the same should apply to them.

      • Marcy Fleming

        The hell they don’t, several down in LA joined the terrorist Jewish Defense Organization which kills Arabs and tried to blow up a Mosque in LA until their criminal leader, Irv Rubin, was caught and later committed suicide in jail rather than face trial.
        Furthermore the widespread anti-Arab terrorism in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is almost entirely done by American Jewish Orthodox fanatics who themselves have immigrated to Israel.
        Hitler would have agreed with exact words of that Israeli Judge.
        The hypocrisy of the self-styled leadership of American Jewry is astounding as they all oppose any efforts here to shut down the illegal immigration from Mexico AND were the foremost advocates of LBJ’s 1965 law which brought the
        massive immigration tide into the US. I know this from my Mom’s family who were all fourth generation Communists and they wailed about racist exclusion laws for decades before the horrible LBJ law in 1965. The Democratic Party is totally behind the illegal immigration drive and the main reason they hypocritically back Israel is that 75% of their funds come from wealthy Jews in finance and Hollywood as a Washington Post writer documented in a book almost forty years and it’s more true now than it was then. The only difference now is heavy Jewish influence in the GOP as the neocons have taken over.

  • Anonymous

    “Human rights do not prescribe national suicide,” Judge Asher Grunis wrote in the judgement.                 Reasonable minds would agree.Too bad America dosent have more judges like  Asher Grunis and  less activists judges that overturn every proposition voted on by a states citizens that didnt conform to their elitist view of how to destroy western culture. Human rights should not prescribe racial,religious, & cultural genocide as well.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Judge Grunis’s decision can only be termed common sense.

      Unfortutunaely and ironically, were a US judge to issue a similar ruling 95% of American Jews would be opposed.

      • Marcy Fleming

        Get off it ! Grunis’s decision was simply mindless pandering to widespread prejudices in Israel. Your second sentence is true UNLESS such a decision was directed against Arabs or Germans and then 95% would approve.

    • Marcy Fleming

      You mean you prefer activist Judges like Grunis as long as their activism is the same as yours. Western culture is largely despised in Israel as ‘Hellenism’ by the Rabbinate, which by law is only Orthodox.
      Western culture is under severe attack here but mostly not by immigrants if you catch my drift.

      • Anonymous

        Western culture is under severe attack here but mostly not by immigrants if you catch my drift.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       No,i dont catch your drift.Western culture has been under attack from many fronts seeking the same end using similiar means.I certainly dont need a lecture from you on how Jewish influence  in the u.s. has played a part in it..one example(hart-cellar act of 1965)The OIC(Organization of Islamic Countries)which runs the UN is also doing their part in seeing Western culture   destroyed.It is the UN who gets to pick and choose who will be allowed refugee status to imigrate to the U.S.Their unanimous choice is Muslims.Christians need not apply even though it is christians who are being the ones persecuted in those muslim countries.I meant clearly what i stated in regards to Judge Grunis writing,”human rights should not prescribe national suicide.” Reasonable minds would agree.Your definition of activist judges is obviously much differant than mine.The enemy i detest the most is the one that says he/she isnt a snake but in reality is a snake.A snake that calls itself a snake i find more tolerable.  

  • Anonymous

    Israel is one goose the ganders can’t imitate.  You see Jews have been innocent victims thru
    the ages, while Whites have been the cancer of the planet.  Therefore this is not hypocrisy but rather “social justice” on a global scale … or so some think.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Israel’s side on this one. All the law says is that Palestinians can’t get Israeli citizenship by marriage. Palestinians can still marry Israelis, live and work in the country under legalized immigration status, participate fully in economic, political and social affairs and (most likely) be eligibible for many of the same state benefits as Israeli citiziens.

    This is not an attempt to keep Palestinians out of Israel. Wouldn’t banning spouses from getting citizenship after marriage be a bizarre way to try to do that?

    By the way, what’s the policy of Saudia Arabia, Syria and Iran regarding citizenship for Israeli spouses?

    • Anonymous

      I am reasonably confident that Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran do not allow the entry of Israeli citizens, even as tourists. 

      • Marcy Fleming

        Not true and never was. Dr. Alfred Lilienthal visited all three countries back in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

    • Marcy Fleming

      What Planet are you living on, Jack ? Everything Israel does is to keep Palestinians out of their own homeland. How would you like to be turned into an exiled immigrant who couldn’t go home ? They wouldn’t be eligible for many state benefits because they are not Army veterans. Mostly Arabs don’t want to serve in the Israeli Army for good reason but the whole social welfare scheme in Israel is keyed to military service.
      When you can show me comparable numbers of Jews expelled from Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iran I’ll consider your last sentence more than a nonsequitur EXCEPT two wrongs don’t make a right. Ever.

      • Anonymous

        I’m afraid you are right, Marcy.  The Israeli treatment of the people who have lived in Palestine for five millenia has been despicable.  They invaded  in 1948 and have been ethnically cleansing that poor land ever since.  History will not be kind to the Jewish people who have committed these terrible crimes.

  • Anonymous

    Ever since Israel’s foundation the brave but small country has been one mistake away from annihilation. Upper middle class liberals who have never been the victim of a serious crime have difficulty understanding what this requires. 

    • Marcy Fleming

      Totally false. See The Zionist Connection by Alfred Lilenthal. See Israel and Palestine by Avi Shlaim. See The Founding Myths of Israel by Zeev Sternhell. See Palestine Diary by Sami Hadwai and Robert John, two volumes. See Zionism:The Real Enemy Of The Jews
      by Alan Hart, three volumes. See The Fateful Triangle:The US, Israel and Palestine by Noam Chomsky, a longtime Left Zionist.
      The UK was small but ruled half the world. Israeli militias started expelling Palestinian Arabs right after the illegal UN Partition in November, 1947 and outnumbered the ‘invading’ Arab armies three to one in 1948.
      Israel has received hundreds of billions of dollars in US tax monies as well as German reparations for a state that didn’t exist in WW2.
      The Israeli Lobby over here has caused US taxpayers around five TRILLION since the first 1991 Gulf war as the leading promoter of same.
      And God knows what will happen over here if they get us in a war with Iran.
      Israel has always the real Goliath in the area.
      By the way, plenty of libs over here have been the victims of Black crime too.
      It’s only the New York Times very upper middle class readers that believe the line that you peddle.
      I apologize for duplicate postings but I kept getting an error message and then would hit the post icon again. One posting is sufficient, I will try to eliminate the duplicates.

      • Marcy Fleming

        What is the source for that 25% of Jews are conservatives poll ?

    • Marcy Fleming

      Totally false. See The Zionist Connection by Alfred Lilenthal. See Israel and Palestine by Avi Shlaim. See The Founding Myths of Israel by Zeev Sternhell. See Palestine Diary by Sami Hadwai and Robert John, two volumes. See Zionism:The Real Enemy Of The Jews
      by Alan Hart, three volumes. See The Fateful Triangle:The US, Israel and Palestine by Noam Chomsky, a longtime Left Zionist.
      The UK was small but ruled half the world. Israeli militias started expelling Palestinian Arabs right after the illegal UN Partition in November, 1947 and outnumbered the ‘invading’ Arab armies three to one in 1948.
      Israel has received hundreds of billions of dollars in US tax monies as well as German reparations for a state that didn’t exist in WW2.
      The Israeli Lobby over here has caused US taxpayers around five TRILLION since the first 1991 Gulf war as the leading promoter of same.
      And God knows what will happen over here if they get us in a war with Iran.
      Israel has always the real Goliath in the area.
      By the way, plenty of libs over here have been the victims of Black crime too.
      It’s only the New York Times very upper middle class readers that believe the line that you peddle.

    • Marcy Fleming

      Totally false. See The Zionist Connection by Alfred Lilenthal. See Israel and Palestine by Avi Shlaim. See The Founding Myths of Israel by Zeev Sternhell. See Palestine Diary by Sami Hadwai and Robert John, two volumes. See Zionism:The Real Enemy Of The Jews
      by Alan Hart, three volumes. See The Fateful Triangle:The US, Israel and Palestine by Noam Chomsky, a longtime Left Zionist.
      The UK was small but ruled half the world. Israeli militias started expelling Palestinian Arabs right after the illegal UN Partition in November, 1947 and outnumbered the ‘invading’ Arab armies three to one in 1948.
      Israel has received hundreds of billions of dollars in US tax monies as well as German reparations for a state that didn’t exist in WW2.
      The Israeli Lobby over here has caused US taxpayers around five TRILLION since the first 1991 Gulf war as the leading promoter of same.
      And God knows what will happen over here if they get us in a war with Iran.
      Israel has always the real Goliath in the area.
      By the way, plenty of libs over here have been the victims of Black crime too.
      It’s only the New York Times very upper middle class readers that believe the line that you peddle.

    • Marcy Fleming

      Totally false. See The Zionist Connection by Alfred Lilenthal. See Israel and Palestine by Avi Shlaim. See The Founding Myths of Israel by Zeev Sternhell. See Palestine Diary by Sami Hadwai and Robert John, two volumes. See Zionism:The Real Enemy Of The Jews
      by Alan Hart, three volumes. See The Fateful Triangle:The US, Israel and Palestine by Noam Chomsky, a longtime Left Zionist.
      The UK was small but ruled half the world. Israeli militias started expelling Palestinian Arabs right after the illegal UN Partition in November, 1947 and outnumbered the ‘invading’ Arab armies three to one in 1948.
      Israel has received hundreds of billions of dollars in US tax monies as well as German reparations for a state that didn’t exist in WW2.
      The Israeli Lobby over here has caused US taxpayers around five TRILLION since the first 1991 Gulf war as the leading promoter of same.
      And God knows what will happen over here if they get us in a war with Iran.
      Israel has always the real Goliath in the area.
      By the way, plenty of libs over here have been the victims of Black crime too.
      It’s only the New York Times very upper middle class readers that believe the line that you peddle.

    • Marcy Fleming

      Totally false. See The Zionist Connection by Alfred Lilenthal. See Israel and Palestine by Avi Shlaim. See The Founding Myths of Israel by Zeev Sternhell. See Palestine Diary by Sami Hadwai and Robert John, two volumes. See Zionism:The Real Enemy Of The Jews
      by Alan Hart, three volumes. See The Fateful Triangle:The US, Israel and Palestine by Noam Chomsky, a longtime Left Zionist.
      The UK was small but ruled half the world. Israeli militias started expelling Palestinian Arabs right after the illegal UN Partition in November, 1947 and outnumbered the ‘invading’ Arab armies three to one in 1948.
      Israel has received hundreds of billions of dollars in US tax monies as well as German reparations for a state that didn’t exist in WW2.
      The Israeli Lobby over here has caused US taxpayers around five TRILLION since the first 1991 Gulf war as the leading promoter of same.
      And God knows what will happen over here if they get us in a war with Iran.
      Israel has always the real Goliath in the area.
      By the way, plenty of libs over here have been the victims of Black crime too.
      It’s only the New York Times very upper middle class readers that believe the line that you peddle.

      • Marcy Fleming

        I tried to eliminate the duplicates but I couldn’t because I have no control over their system.

  • jeffaral

    This is blatant discrimination and ethnic supremacism on the part of Israel!!  When will the USA start an economic embargo against Israel as they did against South Africa?

  • Their plan is to make all white nations incapable of having a Nazi majority. Once whites are under 50% of their homelands that will be imposible. Whites are the ones that that usually catch their scams.

  • The jews in Iran are  not zionists. Also if you google (black jew treatment israel) you will see there are 4 races of jews and the darker ones are treated badly in israel.  The little jews have been  under the bus for all of history. Their history can pretty much be sumed up as having a familly member that gets you kicked out of 200 bars.

  • Anonymous

    According to the CIA World Factbook the combined number of Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha’i in Iran is two percent.  The total population of Iran is 77,891,220.
     
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ir.html 
     
    I doubt that many if any of that very small Jewish population are Israeli citizens. 

    • Marcy Fleming

      So what ?

  • JewishWhiteNationalist

    YEAH ISRAEL! Us Americans REALLY need to take some friggin lessons from those who we treat like our babies. And I’m not just saying that cause I am of the Jewish faith. PS I’m a White Slav, with a small amount of Jewish blood, and I’m mostly Ukrainian, and most of my Jewish ancestors are descendants of White European converts as are most Ashkenazi).

    • Marcy Fleming

      Totally false. See The Zionist Connection by Alfred Lilenthal. See Israel and Palestine by Avi Shlaim. See The Founding Myths of Israel by Zeev Sternhell. See Palestine Diary by Sami Hadwai and Robert John, two volumes. See Zionism:The Real Enemy Of The Jews
      by Alan Hart, three volumes. See The Fateful Triangle:The US, Israel and Palestine by Noam Chomsky, a longtime Left Zionist.
      The UK was small but ruled half the world. Israeli militias started expelling Palestinian Arabs right after the illegal UN Partition in November, 1947 and outnumbered the ‘invading’ Arab armies three to one in 1948.
      Israel has received hundreds of billions of dollars in US tax monies as well as German reparations for a state that didn’t exist in WW2.
      The Israeli Lobby over here has caused US taxpayers around five TRILLION since the first 1991 Gulf war as the leading promoter of same.
      And God knows what will happen over here if they get us in a war with Iran.
      Israel has always the real Goliath in the area.
      By the way, plenty of libs over here have been the victims of Black crime too.
      It’s only the New York Times very upper middle class readers that believe the line that you peddle.

  • Marcy Fleming

    Ayn Rand would never have been admitted under your criteria to lead her crusade against altruism.  Nor would millions of East European Jews and southern European Italians in the 1880-1920 period. By the way, where did your ancestors immigrate from ?

  • Marcy Fleming

    Wrong as usual. See my response to him. By the way, you might read The Invention Of The Jewish People by Shlomo Sand, Professor at Tel Aviv University. You and I are probably not descended from Abraham, not that that would be any great honor if you ever read The Old Testament.

  • Marcy Fleming

    I know Chomsky quite well. He has always described himself as a left Zionist, in fact he spent two years at a Kibbutz in Israel with his wife Carol in the early 50s, he was thinking of staying there. He doesn’t challenge the original creation of Israel in 1948. Only goes along with the two-state Bantustan nonsolution.
    My boyfriend knew Lilienthal for 40 years. He was a brave, articulate and highly intelligent dissident from the Zionist Party sheeple line.
    Your characterization of him is beneath contempt.
    He had no association with Duke, another Big Lie on your part.
    By the way, Duke was only briefly in the Klan at a time when they were very weak. Senator Robert Byrd was in the Klan at a time when they were very strong in the 20s and 30s and yet that was never held against him.
    What kind of double standard nonsense is this ?

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear, not the “self-hating Jew” canard yet again.  Can’t we put that one to bed for awhile?  It’s getting nearly as tiresome as the never-ending PBS specials on Jewish suffering during world war 2.

    • Marcy Fleming

      It’s a heads I win, tails I win version of Zionist Doubletalk. It covers all the bases. If your a Gentile, your an anti-Semite
      and if your a Jew, your a self-hater.
      Blacks ape the same tactic when dealing with dissident Black rightists.

  • Marcy Fleming

    Not Son Of Abraham, Mao killed 110 million Chinese in 27 years, the Soviets killed 70-80 in the USSR alone in 71 years, Communist Pol Pot killed half of Cambodia, 3 million in three years, Ho killed millions, Kim killed millions in Korea, postwar Red governments in east Europe killed 3 million Sudenten Germans while expdelling 15 million who had been there 800 years, the US killed millions in Korea and Indochina, Blacks have killed 5 million of each other in just the Congo alone since 2000 and your still hung up on the Shoah business of 67 years ago ?
    That’s the only tragedy that is ceaselessly exploited more the further it recedes.
    And it’s the only tragedy to require Stalinist anti-free speech laws in many countries mandating prison. The truth can stand on its own, only liars need state censorship.
    Lilienthal was always opposed to Zionism before there was an Israel. Why not read his works firsthand instead of recycling stupid smears ?
    By the way many of us Jews oppose Israel.