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    No Israelis in Israel? Court to debate State s refusal to acknowledge Israeli nationality by Aviram Zino Published: 10.31.07, 20:45 / Israel News
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      No 'Israelis' in Israel?

      Court to debate State's refusal to acknowledge Israeli nationality

      by Aviram Zino
      Published: 10.31.07, 20:45 / Israel News

      The Jerusalem Administrative Court on Wednesday ordered the State to
      justify its refusal to include the term 'Israeli' on the list of
      possible nationalities inscribed in Israeli identification cards.

      "In its response, we as of the State to address, among other things, the
      manner in which the list of nationalities is set and through which legal
      means a nationality can be added or removed from that list," wrote Judge
      Noam Solberg.

      The court's decision follows a petition filed by 38 Israeli
      intellectuals and artists, including former minister Shulamit Aloni,
      former MK Uri Avnery, Professors Yehoshua Porat, Yosef Agassi and Uzzi
      Ornan and singer Alon Olearchick.

      In their petition the plaintiffs note that there are currently over 132
      different nationalities recognized by the State of Israel for use in
      registering for an ID card but 'Israeli' is not one of them.

      The plaintiffs state in their petition that since the days when the list
      of nationalities was agreed upon, an 'Israeli' identity has been
      formulated and it must be recognized.

      The petition further states that since 1992 Israeli passports declare
      their holder to be of 'Israeli Nationality,' therefore the State does
      acknowledge such an identity.

      The judge also questioned the Interior Ministry's claim that the list of
      nationalities is highly confidential and therefore was only handed to
      the plaintiffs after the court demanded it based on the freedom of
      information act.

      The court also questioned how it could rule on a social matter that has
      little legal merit. The plaintiff's attorney presented the court in
      response with a series of previous cases wherein courts took a legal
      stance on complex public issues such as religious conversion, the
      security fence, the disengagement and questions pertaining to the status
      of common law spouses.
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