MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz) on Thursday slammed a High Court of Justice decision the day before upholding the Citizenship and Entry Law, saying the decision leaves a stain on Israel's law books. The court rejected a petition against the law, which makes Palestinians married to Israelis ineligible for Israeli citizenship.
As a result of legislation and public pressure against against it, Gal-On told Army Radio, "there is self-censorship in the court." Part of the decision to reject a petition against the citizenship law, she added, "is because the High Court's power has been weakened in the fight against racism."
Gal-On said she opposes a right of return for Palestinian refugees to Israel and believes in the two-state solution so that they will have their own country to return to. The Jewish people have a right to a state, she added, "and this is our state. However, Israeli Arabs are also citizens in this country."
"Preserving [Israeli Arabs'] rights does not threaten the country and I think that in order to strengthen Israel we must be stronger than our most basic fears. A dark stain was left on our law books," she added.