Israeli law banning Palestinian spouses from staying in the Gaza Strip in the West Bank


About the editor: Jews, who have fought discrimination in many places, are now discriminating in Israel against Arabs who have long lived in Palestine, by banning citizenship or even residency for Palestinian spouses of Israeli citizens on “security grounds.”

The “safety” this achieves is to reduce the number of children born to non-Jewish Palestinian parents. Apparently, a Jewish state can only be secure if the vast majority of its inhabitants are Jews.

In a so-called democratic state, how does this discrimination differ from discrimination based on religion, race or ethnicity?

Doris Isolini Nelson, Los Angeles


About the editor: Israeli Arabs may have restrictions on bringing non-Israeli spouses to Israel; However, they are free to live elsewhere.

There is a huge Arab and Islamic world out there. Every family should be able to find a place to be together.

If Israel accepted any Arab who married an Israeli citizen to live in Israel, many new marriages would no doubt be announced. Israel could become a majority Gentile country within years.

This is not in Israel’s interests.

Len Bennett, Deerfield Beach, Florida.


About the editor: The Israeli Parliament’s renewal of a 2003 law barring residency and Israeli citizenship for Palestinian spouses of Israeli citizens in the West Bank or Gaza Strip is a loser. It’s practically a law that defines who you can love and marry.

That looks and sounds inhumanly draconian.

Richard Z Fond, Sherman Oaks Israeli law banning Palestinian spouses from staying in the Gaza Strip in the West Bank

Caroline Bleakley

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