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Family reunification law aims to lower number of Palestinian citizens in Israel

The family reunification law could endanger the new Israeli government coalition.
Israeli soldiers stand ready to prevent the progress of a symbolic wedding party toward the Israeli-constructed controversial separation barrier close to the Israeli-manned checkpoint of Hezma in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, between Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah on March 9, 2013.

In the midst of Israel's reoccupation of the West Bank in 2002, an often repeated lie became the basis of a racist Israeli law. The fabrication was that Palestinian men from the West Bank marry Israeli Arab women for the sole reason of having an opportunity to enter Israel and carry out acts of terror.

No proof was ever presented showing this absurd claim, yet in 2003 the "Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law" passed, barring West Bank and Gaza residents from the automatic Israeli citizenship typically granted to those who marry Israelis. Palestinians and some Israelis have consistently argued that the law is a naked attempt to lower the number of Israeli citizens of Arab origin. What has been less discussed is that this law has affected Palestinians from Jerusalem who are Israeli residents, and it is seen by Palestinians as an attempt to lessen the number of Arabs who live in a city Israeli Jews consider their united and eternal capital.

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