Salah Hamouri, a Franco-Palestinian lawyer, was officially informed of the decision of the Israeli Minister of the Interior, Ayelet Shaked, member of the extreme right, to revoke his permanent residence on the basis of a “Breach of loyalty”. The move comes after being approved by Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar. The interior minister stressed that such a decision is taken in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee and on the basis of the previous arrests of Salah Hamouri and others. “Secret information” that cannot be reached. It further noted that such a decision is necessary “To deter others from violating allegiance to the State of Israel.” Salah Hamouri’s French wife has not been able to visit Jerusalem since 2016.
Since Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Palestinians living there have been considered “Permanent residents”. Unlike Israelis, who are citizens, Palestinians in Jerusalem must have a residence permit to stay there: this is the 1952 Entry Law where Palestinians have the same status as a foreigner who wants to reside in Israel. The state assumes the right to revoke this permit in several ways. According to the March 7, 2018 amendment to the Entry into Israel Law, challenging Israeli policies is a “Breach of loyalty to the State of Israel”.