When Israeli Arabs search for a spouse, they don’t just worry about looks, job prospects or future in-laws. They must think about whether their partner will be allowed to live with them.
The problem is — many Israeli Arabs, who are ethnically Palestinians, want to marry Palestinians from the West Bank or Gaza Strip. But relations between the Palestinian territories and Israel are testy at best and violent at worst, resulting in limits that even love can’t overcome.
Critics argue the restrictions discriminate against Israel’s Arab citizens. Israeli Jews marrying fellow Jews living in West Bank settlements do not face such restrictions. Critics say it also discriminates against Palestinians, since foreign spouses of Israelis are eligible for citizenship.
Critics say the violence was quelled years ago, and the number of Palestinian spouses involved in militant attacks is small. They claim the real aim is preventing Palestinians from obtaining citizenship in a country obsessed with maintaining its Jewish majority.”
“Critics” (like the writer of this article) like to have double standards, it seems, when talking about Israeli policy.
Yes, Israel has a measure which the West Bank and Gaza do not. Yet, shouldn’t the reason for that measure be stated as often and with the same rhetorical emotion?
It’s fine with the West Bank for Israelis to come over and marry because they don’t have to worry about Israeli citizens being a terrorist threat as Israel so obviously does. Suicide bombs only come in Israel, not out of it.
“Violence was quelled years ago” because of the wall that was built by Israel. It would only seem logical that terrorists would try to find other ways inside (as they have). And isn’t it interesting that people who call Israel an “apartheid,” largely base that argument on the wall?
If an Israeli Arab wanted to go to the West Bank or Gaza, then they should do it. Love is not so weak as to not cross an open exit border. Though you have to ask why they would rather stay in Israel.
Yes, there are sad stories listed in here. But why were the sad stories of the terror victims left out. It states that a Palestinian man who is “scarred” and “to this day he lives in fear” because he could have been arrested for illegally entering Israel, but what about all of those who live in fear from the numerous terrorist attacks? At least the man was allowed to obtain “permits four years ago.” Those who’ve died can’t obtain permits.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/ban-palestinians-living-spouses-israel-062025201.html – Dia Hadid 6/12/2013