Israeli parliament has passed a law on Wednesday that allows the country’s interior minister to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem on grounds of a "breach of loyalty" to Israel, media reports say.
The bill, ratified on Wednesday, will also apply in cases “where residency status was obtained on the basis of false information,” and in cases where "an individual committed a criminal act" in the view of the interior ministry, writes Al Jazeera
Under the new law, Israel's Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox political party Shas, has the authority to strip the residency documents of any Palestinian “whom he deems a threat.”
Al Jazeera cites Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), who gave a statement that was published on Wafa – the official Palestinian news agency, described the law as "an extremely racist piece of legislation.”
He said by “unethically” stripping away the residency rights of Palestinians from Jerusalem and depriving them to remain in their own city, the Israeli government is acting “in defiance of international law and is violating international human rights and humanitarian laws.”
According to Press TV
, Human Rights Watch has previously stressed that such residency revocations, which force Palestinians out of Jerusalem, "could amount to war crimes" in the eyes of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The news outlet adds that this law will most likely apply to East Jerusalem al-Quds residents who have “protested against the Israeli occupation and its manner of treatment of Palestinians.”
This comes after a new wave of tension arose since US President Donald Trump announced his decision – on December 6 last year – to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy from Israel’s Tel Aviv to the occupied city.