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        1/12/2012, Tevet 17, 5772

      70,000 Arabs Seek Israeli Citizenship

      The applications of early 10,000 Israeli men to the Interior Ministry's Population Authority for Israeli citizenship for their Palestinian Authority Arab wives and children have been frozen since 2003 because of the Citizenship and Entry to Israel Law, just upheld by the Supreme Court, according to a Thursday evening report by Kol Yisrael government radio. The law denies granting of Israeli citizenship or resident's status to Palestinian Authority spouses of Israelis.

      An additional 8,000 applications were filed but rejected due to government decisions following the law. The 18,000 applications applied to 70,000 spouses and children.