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Following the Minister of Interior’s announcement about his intention to revoke the residency status of four suspected assailants from East Jerusalem: one of the four received official notice to that effect

Following media reports that the Minister of Interior took steps to revoke the Israeli residency status of four young men from East Jerusalem, suspected of committing attacks against Israelis, one of the four informed his lawyer that on November 9, 2015, he was handed a Ministry of Interior notice about the intent to revoke his status in Israel, The date on the notice itself is October 21, 2015.

In the notice, the Minister of Interior announced his intention to act under Sect. 11(a) of the Entry into Israel Law, 5712-1952, which gives him discretion to revoke the residency permit in Israel (i.e., residency status, not citizenship), this, due to breach of allegiance to the State of Israel. The youth who was handed this notice is suspected of committing an attack on the evening of September 13, 2015, in Armon HaNatziv in Jerusalem, in which one Israeli citizen was killed. This act, according to the State of Israel, constitutes breach of allegiance to the state.

The young man has been given 30 days from the date of the notice to present his written arguments before the Minister, which will be considered at the end of that period, before final decision is made.

HaMoked recalls that on October 15, 2015, it wrote to the Prime Minister, urging him to cancel this decree, which, in any event, is doubtfully legal; and that on October 22, 2015, it wrote to the Minister of Interior to notify him it would represent the young men in the proceedings for revoking their status. In this last letter, HaMoked asked for copies of the summons for the pre-revocation hearings, and to alert it of any additional steps in the matter. Despite that, the Ministry of Interior did not keep HaMoked informed, and did not send said notice. Moreover, on October 25, 2015, HaMoked phoned the Minister of Interior’s bureau to inquire about the measures the ministry was about take, based on the Minister’s statements in the media. However, no one at the Minister’s bureau knew anything on the matter. It should be emphasized that this phone inquiry was made four days after the date of the Minister of Interior’s notice about the intent to revoke the youth’s status. (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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