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Israeli Court upholds law banning Palestinian spouses from living in Israel


A law introduced in 2003 in the midst of the second intifada forbids Arab residents from the West Bank and Gaza to moving to Israel if they marry Israeli citizens. Israel’s Surpreme Court narrowly voted against revoking the controversial law, which human rights organizations call racist. Edmund Levy, who voted to revoke it, wrote: “This law is greatly harmful. Its damage resonates. Its legislation is a formative event in the history of Israeli democracy.” Supporting the view that this law is a security necessity, one of the majority judges wrote “human rights are not a prescription for national suicide”.

The Guardian, United Kingdom

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