Israel to revoke Hamas members’ Jerusalem residency

Thursday, April 20, 2006 | 
Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert moved to revoke the Jerusalem residency of three Hamas Palestinian Legislative Council members and a Palestinian Authority cabinet minister. Lawmakers may expand this decision to include other known Hamas members and Palestinian Authority workers living in the city. “The right to be in PA parliament does not include the right to be a member of a Palestinian terror organization,” said Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Those affected would no longer be able to receive National Insurance Institute payments and would be barred from entering the capital. The Hamas Jerusalem residents threatened to appeal this decision to Israel’s High Court of Justice, despite the fact that they do not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Attorney General Menahem Mazuz said Israel has the right to revoke citizenship or residency under extreme circumstances such as these. This is not the first time Israel has revoked the residency of members of terror organizations.

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