A bill robbing terrorists who accept money from the Palestinian Authority of their Israeli citizenship and residency privileges was approved by the Knesset on Wednesday.
By making monthly payments to terrorists and their families, including Israeli Arab terrorists and East Jerusalem residents with Israeli residency rights, the Palestinian entity encourages terrorist activity.
The new law, passed by a huge bipartisan majority of 94 against 10, would pave the way for the deportation of any Israeli citizen convicted of terrorist crimes who receives money from the PA.
The terrorist would either be sent back to Judea and Samaria under the control of the Palestinian Authority or to the Gaza Strip under Hamas’ control.
The way the law is written, the PA’s payments to terrorists establish a connection between the PA and the terrorist, enabling the terrorist to be deported to the PA. The Interior Minister will have 14 days to determine whether to expel the terrorist or cancel their citizenship.
Before the voting, Likud MK Ofir Katz, one of the bill’s sponsors, said: “I feel from the bottom of my heart that such legislation is our real job as public representatives in the Israeli Knesset. The blood spilled, and the great grief accompanied me all the time.”