Steinitz: Revoke Salah's citizenship

Finance minister calls to "limit" those who oppose Israel's existence.

May 16, 2010 12:21
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

steinitz 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday morning that Israel should revoke the citizenship of those who oppose Israel’s existence.

The comments came a day after Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, called Israeli construction in Jerusalem “the new nakba [catastrophe] of the Palestinians” at “Nakba Day” demonstrations.

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“Salah’s words cross the line of good taste,” Steinitz said. “It is intolerable and unforgivable that in the State of Israel there are Arabs, and also a small group of Jews, that oppose Israel’s existence and mourn its establishment.

“In my opinion, we have to find a way to limit these people, and maybe even revoke their citizenship,” the finance minister said. “Whoever opposes the State of Israel’s existence, whoever cries over its establishment, is raising a question mark as to if he can be a citizen in this state.”

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