Bahar: Amendment to Israeli citizenship law a humanitarian crime

Bahar: Amendment to Israeli citizenship law a humanitarian crime

 GAZA, — First deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Dr. Ahmed Bahar said the Israeli government’s decision to approve an amendment on its citizenship law is a “legal and humanitarian crime”.

Israel recently voted for a new law forcing indigenous Palestinians to announce loyalty to the Israeli state as a Jewish and democratic state as a condition for citizenship.

The law aims to falsify the Palestinians’ history and right to the land, he said, adding that Israel wants to impose its “sick perception” of history by force.

“This new law intends to send a clear message to the world that means Israelis are the indigenous people of the land and the Palestinians are the aliens on this land,” Bahar added.

“This is the result of 20 years of catastrophic negotiations, killing, destruction, settlement activity, judiazation of Jerusalem, stolen land, and falsification of history,” the PLC official continued.

Bahar called on the UN and international human rights organizations to stand up to the new Israeli law, also appealing to Arab countries to revoke the Arab initiative and back the Palestinian people politically, materially, and morally.

He called on Abbas to immediately pull out of the pointless peace talks with Israel and not to grant a cover for racist laws such as this one.

On the other hand, during a ceremony honoring distinguished employees and retirees staged by the civil servants bureau in Gaza on Monday, Dr. Ahmed Bahar said the Arab summit held recently in Libya has not offered anything for the Palestinians, stressing that the summit’s results were disappointing to the hopes of the Palestinian people and their aspirations.