Knesset committee backs bill revoking citizenship for spying


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee approved a bill that would allow the revocation of citizenship from Israelis convicted of terror or espionage crimes.

The bill passed the Internal Affairs Committee on Monday, even though the Shin Bet sent a letter to the discussion withdrawing its previous support for the bill, reportedly saying that existing legislation was sufficient.

The vote was 4 to 3 with one abstention. The bill now goes to the full Knesset for the first of three readings.

Under the bill, the courts would have the authority to revoke the Israeli citizenship of or status as permanent resident of any person convicted of spying for a terror organization or terror state.

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