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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Israel parliament gave courts power to revoke citizenship
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On March 29, 2011, the Israeli parliament passed a law giving the country's courts the power to revoke the citizenship of those convicted of treason, spying, aiding the enemy or terrorism. The law was introduced by members of the country's nationalist party, and it was approved by a vote of 37-11. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman argued that the law would help deal with those who take advantage of permissive democracy. In October 2010, Israel's cabinet approved changes to the country's citizenship oath that forced new citizens to pledge an oath to the democratic, Jewish state. Previously In June 2009, a proposed change to add "Zionism" to the oath was rejected.

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