posted on May, 14 2006 @ 02:16 PM
the Israeli supreme court has held up a Ban (6:5) on Palestinians from living with their spouses and children in Israel itself.
this in general is arab israelis have am option give up their homes or lose their rights to be with their kids/partners and live in israel
By a six-to-five majority, the court rejected petitions brought by civil rights groups, members of the Israeli parliament and Arab Israeli families.
The government says the law, passed at a time of rising violence in 2002, is based on security concerns.
But critics say it is discriminatory and violates rights to a family life.
The case has been described as one of the most important questions the Supreme Court has dealt with in recent years.
One of the groups that challenged the law said thousands of families were affected, that they have been forced to move abroad or live apart.
Orna Kohn, a lawyer for a group defending Israeli Arabs, said Sunday's ruling caused "grave damage to the basic rights of thousands of people".
But the Israeli state says the recent election victory of the militant group Hamas strengthened its case that Palestinians were a security risk and
should not be allowed into the country.
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Israel says this is a security measure because
Hamas was voted in by the Palestinians,
and since they make up 1/5 of the population and have a larger birth rate i really doubt its to do with security since Israel wants a jewish state
mainly deprived of jews
[edit on 14-5-2006 by bodrul]