Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Israel Plans to 'Revoke' Citizenship

Chilling plans to remove the citizenship of people found guilty of 'terrorism':
Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill Sunday to revoke citizenship of Israelis convicted of terrorist activity or of espionage for terrorist organisations.

At first some people might be tempted to think 'well why not, they are terrorists...' except that first the definition of terrorism is getting ever broader from what people might agree is terrorism, say planting bombs to just disagreeing with you:
Use of the term implies a moral judgment; and if one party can successfully attach the label terrorist to its opponent, then it has indirectly persuaded others to adopt its moral viewpoint.' Hence the decision to call someone or label some organization terrorist becomes almost unavoidably subjective, depending largely on whether one sympathizes with or opposes the person/group/cause concerned. If one identifies with the victim of the violence, for example, then the act is terrorism. If, however, one identifies with the perpetrator, the violent act is regarded in a more sympathetic, if not positive (or, at the worst, an ambivalent) light; and it is not terrorism.

Second, it seems to me that the emotion that terrorism generates can often lead to wrongful arrests and convictions; think of the Birmingham 6 - a group of innocent people wrongly convicted of terrorism - now add to the injustice the remove of their citizenship...

Seems to me this is further evidence of a right-ward and Orwellian movement of the Israeli state.

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