Deri requests citizenship of former Arab MK who aided Hezbollah be revoked

Israeli Interior Minister Arie Deri has requested that former MK Azmi Bishara’s citizenship be revoked. “In light of the suspicions, it appears that there’s a justification to use my authority to revoke the citizenship,” Deri wrote in the request.
Azmi Bishara Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Israeli Interior Minister Arie Deri filed a request asking that former MK Azmi Bishara’s citizenship be revoked. Bishara is suspected of committing crimes against Israel and providing Hezbollah with classified information during the 2006 war against the terrorist organization. The request was submitted to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Sunday. “In light of the suspicions, it appears that there’s a justification to use my authority to revoke the citizenship,” Deri wrote in the request.

The Citizenship Law gives Deri the power to revoke the citizenship of a person who commits an act that constitutes a breach of trust with Israel. The request was made after the law was amended specifically so that the government could discuss the possibility of revoking Bishara’s citizenship even though he is no longer in the country.

The Israeli minister also commented on the stances of various security officials regarding the matter. “The officials passed along their updated opinions in light of the change in legislation,” he wrote in the request. According to Deri, the officials said that it is important to revoke the former MK’s citizenship in order to deter people from committing the same act in the future.  



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