The Israeli occupation has revoked the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians (known as Israeli-Arabs) in southern region of Al-Naqab (Negev) in the past two years, Israeli dailyÂ HaaretzÂ revealed Friday, according to Days of Palestine.
The newspaper said that the Israeli Interior Ministry has changed the status of these Israeli-Arabs from âcitizensâ to âinhabitants,â which has led to the forfeiture of many of their basic rights.
Reacting to the report, Talab abu-Arar, an Israeli Arab MK, demanded that the ministry reverse the racial move.
According to Abu-Arar, the citizenships were secretly stripped by the ministryâs office in the city of Beersheba, when the Israeli-Arab residents applied to renew their national ID cards or passports.
In a statement, Juma Zbarga, an Israeli-Arab MK from the Joint Arab List coalition, asserted: âWe will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to gradually expel us from our homelandâŠ and delegitimize our existence.â
âThe revocation of our citizenship makes us vulnerable to abuse and restricts our freedom of movement,â he added, pointing out that non-citizens lack the right to vote or run in general elections.
Describing the move as âcontrary to Israeli law itself,â Zbarga added: âOur citizenship is derived from our presence in our homeland and our history â it does not depend on the whim of a few rogue officials.â
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