After the double attack in Jerusalem, the executive deprives the “families of terrorists” of Social Security
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Mourners gather during the funeral of Eli Mizrahi and his wife, Natalie, victims of the shooting in East Jerusalem, Israel, January 27, 2023.
ISRAEL – After two attacks in East Jerusalem, one of which killed seven people on Friday eveningthe Israeli security cabinet announced on the night of Saturday to Sunday measures depriving “families of terrorists” of certain rights.
Meeting urgently on Saturday evening after these attacks, the restricted cabinet “decided on a series of measures to […] make terrorists and those who support them pay”according to an official statement.
The text announces the revocation of the rights to Social Security of “families of terrorists who support terrorism” as well as the discussion on Sunday in the Council of Ministers of a bill aimed at revoking “Israeli ID cards” of this same category of families.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised response at opening of inner cabinet meeting ” strong “ and ” fast “ to the Palestinian attacks of the past two days.
Scenes of jubilation in several Palestinian cities
The measures announced are in line with the proposals of his far-right political partners which enabled him to return to power at the end of December, following the legislative elections of the previous month.
They are likely to apply in the first place to Palestinians with Israeli nationality (Israeli Arabs, according to the Israeli name) and Palestinians with the status of residents of East Jerusalem (part of the Holy City occupied and annexed by Israel) giving them a number of rights and obligations identical to those of Israelis.
Deploring the scenes of jubilation that greeted in several Palestinian cities the announcement of the killing committed Friday evening by a Palestinian who shot dead seven people near a synagogue in a Jewish settlement neighborhood in East Jerusalem, the security cabinet also agreed on “measures to strengthen the colonies that will be submitted this week”adds the press release without further details.
Jewish colonization in the West Bank is considered illegal by the UN, which continues to call in vain for its cessation.
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