Haaretz, Dec 26, 2017
Interior Minister Arye Dery at a government meeting on April 9, 2017 Ohad Tzoygenberg
In a democratic country, citizens shouldn’t have to fear being stripped of their citizenship and law-abiding people shouldn’t have to fear routine encounters with government agencies.
[...] Israelis who sought to acquire legal status in Israel for their foreign (and non-Jewish) spouses have found their own citizenship called into question. Instead of examining such requests on their merits and granting the spouses of Israeli citizens the appropriate legal status, the state has exploited this bureaucratic encounter to threaten these citizens.
In some cases, the state has considered revoking the citizenship of Israelis who immigrated from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s on the grounds that they obtained their citizenship fraudulently. But needless to say, none of them was asked to present any special evidence when they were drafted into the army, since at that time, accepting them as Jewish served the national interest. Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber was right to inform the ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority that it must stop retroactively investigating Israelis’ citizenship.
But it’s not just immigrants from the former Soviet Union who face the threat of having their legal status revoked. The government’s policy of almost automatically revoking the permanent residency of East Jerusalem Palestinians who spend extended periods overseas is another aspect of the same racist bent in the service of the battle for “demographic purity.”