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The Haifa District Court ruled on Sunday to approve Interior Minister Aryeh Deri's request to revoke the citizenship of a man convicted of carrying out a car-ramming and stabbing attack in 2015.
Alaa Ziad from the Arab city of Umm el-Fahm was sentenced one year ago to 25 years in prison for four attempted murders following an October 11, 2015 terrorist attack, in which he both ran over and stabbed two soldiers and two civilians, one of whom was a 15-year-old girl, at Kibbutz Gan Shmuel near Hadera.
The court ruled on Sunday that in place of citizenship Ziad would be granted temporary residency, which would be renewed from time to time, according to the interior minister's judgment.
Revoking Ziad's citizenship is "a proper and proportionate step," wrote Judge Abraham Elyakim in his ruling. "Every citizen has duties alongside his or her rights which they must fulfill. One significant and meaningful duty is loyalty to the state, which includes the duty not to carry out terrorist activities that harm its safety and that of its residents."
"Whoever decides to carry out terror attacks against the state and its subjects by his or her actions excludes themselves from the populous. Ziad abused his freedom of movement to harm the security of the state and the well-being of its residents in favor of taking lives and subjecting the state to an atmosphere of terror," the judge continued.