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Israel is torn between ‘temporary’ and permanent Apartheid – by Jonathan Ofir, Mondoweiss

The Citizenship and Entry Law, which was passed in 2003, is a temporary order that imposes a ban on family unification for Palestinians. The Law bars granting Israeli citizenship or long-term legal status to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza who marry Israeli citizens or residents. The Law does not apply to Jewish settlers residing in the West Bank in violation of the Geneva Convention.

The government will need to decide by July 6 if they will extend the Law for the 18th time.  But the lack of previous and current opposition suggests this will be a formality. Indeed, far from opposing it, Israel’s opposition is actually lobbying for this ‘temporary thing’ to be changed into a basic law and, on the same day, put forward a proposed new law to enact it within two months.

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