Israeli Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri has decided to revoke the permanent resident status and corresponding social benefits for 13 members of Yerushalayim terrorist Fadi Al-Qunbar’s family, following consultations with the Israel Security Agency and the Immigration Authority, Ynet reports. Four IDF officers were murdered in the terrorist attack on Sunday.
Such a measure has previously never been implemented and prevents the family from appealing to the High Court of Justice, as they are not Israeli citizens. Deri decided on the measure after discussions with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, who supported the move.
The decision is viewed as a means of deterrence against future attackers. In the future, in cases of terrorism involving permanent residents of Jerusalem who are not citizens of Israel, all family members – including cousins, nephews, aunts and uncles – will lose their permanent residency status immediately.
“This is a decision that signals a new era against terrorism and terrorists who use their status [as permanent residents of Jerusalem] to carry out attacks against citizens,” Deri said. “Let this be known to all who are plotting, planning or considering carrying out an attack, that their families will pay a heavy price for their actions.”