The cabinet is expected to approve a series of measures on Sunday that would make it harder for Palestinians to acquire permanent residency or citizenship in Israel. The most notable would require Palestinians to declare their loyalty to “a Jewish and democratic state” before being granted Israeli citizenship.
Haaretz, Dana Weiler-Polak and Jonathan Lis
If you read between the lines, it says:
The cabinet is expected to approve a series of unprecedented measures on Sunday that would make it virtually impossible for Palestinians to establish any form of identity in Israel. The most notable would require Palestinians to declare their loyalty to a “transgressor state” before even being considered a possible candidate for citizenship.
The Palestinian identity was stripped for the first time during the Nakba of 1948. To this very day, Israel chooses to recognize hundreds of thousands of displaced individuals as refugees rather than as Palestinians. In a wild attempt to further repress the Palestinian identity, it has become virtually illegal to publicize one’s Palestinian heritage within Israeli borders.
In order to enjoy (or at least experience) fundamental human rights or basic social services, people are entitled to citizenship for proper recognition on an international level. Caught in a bind, many Palestinians have already been forced to abandon their roots to Palestine in favor of being granted Israeli citizenship. They’ve been stripped of their identities at least once already, and now the Israeli government plans on stripping it some more. Either Palestinians declare their loyalty and revoke their ties to Palestine or end up abused, discriminated against, arrested, evicted, or shunned to second-class slums where they would inevitably join most Israeli-Ethiopian Jews who’ve already experienced the same tragic fate. It’s a lose-lose situation.
As for me, I don’t live within Israeli territory. But just for the record, I don’t and I won’t declare my loyalty to your state.