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Fundamentalist Israeli Minister of Shas Racist Party, Eli Yishai, Seeks Additional 6 Months Ban on Palestinian Family Unification

Thursday July 14, 2011 09:56 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli Interior Minister, member of the extremist Shas ultra-orthodox Jewish racist, extremist  party, Eli Yishai, is demanding the Israeli cabinet to extend the ban on family unification for Arabs and Palestinians for additional six months.

The law itself does not affect spouses that are Jewish, but is mainly meant to prevent Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, married to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza, from obtaining family unification documents to be able to live together with their spouses in Israel. It also targets hundreds of Palestinian Bedouin Arab families in the occupied Naqab (Negev) desert.

Palestinian Arab member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset in Hebrew) of the United Arab List, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, voiced a strong criticism of the stances of Yishai, and stated that this order is a threat to civil liberties in the country and has nothing to do with security, but directly related to demography.

The ban openly suggests that “by law”, family unification between citizens of Israel and their Palestinian or Arab partners is not allowed, unless the male partner is at least 36 years old and the female partner is not below the age of 26.

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that when Yishai asked for an extension for the ban last time, the Israeli cabinet asked him to complete legislation of law contents to become a formal law, part of the comprehensive, so-called, Immigration Bill, that is allegedly meant to serve the “long-term national and security interests of the country”.

According to Haaretz, security officials in Tel Aviv fear that “terror organizations would smuggle members into Israel under family unification laws”.
Israel also claims that %14 of attacks carried out in Israel were conducted by persons who carried Israeli ID cards, obtained through family unification.

The bill itself is illegal under international law and is an open and clear racial discrimination and racial profiling targeting non-Jews in Israel, as Jewish citizens of the country, married to foreign spouses, are not subject to any of these restrictions, and can easily obtain legal documents for their partners.

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