'Dangerous precedent'? Israel revokes citizenship of Arab-Israeli terrorist for 1st time

In first Israeli court revokes citizenship of Arab terrorist

'Dangerous precedent'? Israel revokes citizenship of Arab-Israeli terrorist for 1st time

Israel has stripped an Arab Israeli man of citizenship, claiming he "removed himself from society" by launching a car-and-knife rampage that left four people injured past year.

Activists claim the ruling, believed to be a legal first, will leave Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud "stateless" and may violate global laws. In October 2015, Zayoud drove his vehicle into an IDF soldier before getting out and stabbing three civilians near the Gan Shmuel Kibbutz.

Zayoud was convicted of four counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 25 years in jail following the "nationalistically motivated" attack, which came during a spate of stabbings and shootings in Israel.

The controversial ruling adheres to the recommendation of Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, filed past year, after it was approved by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit.

"For every citizen, alongside his rights, there are commitments", he said. "One significant and meaningful duty is loyalty to the State, which includes the duty not to carry out terrorist activities that harm its safety and that of its residents".

Justice Elyakim also wrote that "an Israeli citizen may not be allowed to harm the lives and dignity of other Israeli citizens and whoever decides to carry out acts of terror he excludes himself from the country's citizenry".

The "Israeli court today revoked citizenship for first time ever; Palestinian Alaa Zayoud left stateless, a violation of worldwide human rights law", Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir tweeted.

Adalah, an Arab human rights group, claimed the ruling set a "dangerous precedent" and said they would launch an appeal at Israel's Supreme Court.

The court ruled that the terrorist's Israeli citizenship is to be revoked in October 2017 and that he would be granted a temporary residence, which would be extended occasionally at the discretion of the Interior Minister subject to the Citizenship Law after Ziyud serves out his sentence.

In November of 2014, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Interior Ministry to evaluate revoking the citizenship of those who "call for the destruction of the State of Israel", following a particularly grisly terrorist attack in the capital.

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