Lieberman calls Israel Police’s opposition of issuing passports to new immigrants “racist persecution”

Earlier today, JOL reported about the Israel Police Investigations and Intelligence Division opposition towards issuing Israeli passports to new immigrants immediately after receiving their citizenship as the Israel Police fears that it could lead to a rise in crime. Following the report, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded, stating that whoever wrote the document is a criminal.
Lieberman against Israel Police opposition Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Earlier today, JOL reported that the Israel Police strongly opposes the bill requesting to issue Israeli passports to new immigrants upon receiving their Israeli citizenship, concerned that criminals throughout the world will take advantage of the passport. In response, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke in support of the bill and its initiators, who are his fellow Yisrael Beiteinu party members, and claimed that the Israel Police’s opposition stems from prejudice against new immigrants.

“Whoever wrote this document in the Investigations Division is a criminal,” Lieberman slammed. “Thanks to Yisrael Beiteinu, in 2008, we reached a government decision to cancel visas between Israel and Russia. I suggest that everyone check what the was the position of the Israel Police who warned the country,” he said. According to Lieberman, following the visa cancellations, tourism from Russia to Israel was severely damaged.

Lieberman also stated that the document constitutes as a hate crime commissioned by the Israel Police and its Investigations Division, who still live in a world of prejudice. “This is deliberate racial persecution against new immigrants from ally nations,” Lieberman added. “We cannot continue with this vendetta. It is a hate crime by the Investigations Division.”

He also suggested that the Investigations Division conduct an internal inspection in order to evaluate how many incidents have occurred in which new immigrants received or utilized illegal identification since the large immigration wave from ally nations. “In the meantime, they should check how many generals or senior-level police officers have been convicted of sexual harassment,” Lieberman said.

MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu), who proposed the bill, also slammed the Israel Police’s opposition stating that this is an attempt to present new immigrants as criminals. “Does it sound reasonable for the Interior Minister to deny a citizen’s passport request (Yes, new immigrants are citizens following their immigration) simply because he immigrated a few months ago?” Forer asked. “What if he still has businesses abroad or family to visit or simply wants a vacation?”

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