Daily Israel Report

Fatah Calls on World to Cancel IDF Dual Citizenship

Fatah leader says nations being asked to remove citizenship of Israeli soldiers who 'attacked the Palestinian nation' in Gaza op.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 9/5/2014, 7:40 AM

Mohammed Shtayyeh
Mohammed Shtayyeh
Flash 90

A senior leader of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has launched a new international campaign against Israel, calling on nations of the world to cancel the citizenship for IDF soldiers after Operation Protective Edge.

The Fatah leader, Mohammed Shtayyeh, a Member of the Fatah Central Committee and former PA cabinet minister, stated there was no logic to Israeli soldiers who "attack the Palestinian nation" being allowed to keep dual citizenship in a foreign country.

Shtayyeh added that the PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has already turned to several nations requesting that they negate the citizenship of the soldiers.

This is in fact not the first time that Shtayyeh has been a proponent of this particular kind of strategy.

Last December, during the peace talks that Abbas torpedoed in April with his Hamas unity deal and which Shtayyeh opposed, the Fatah leader threatened to request from foreign governments to pressure Israel into stripping Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria of their Israeli citizenship.

As long-term ceasefire negotiations between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group are set to begin shortly in Cairo, the PA has increasingly shown a willingness to try and use international pressure on Israel to weaken the Jewish state.

Recently there has been talk in the PA, including by Abbas, of taking Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on "war crimes" charges.

However, that move could work both ways, as demonstrated by Shurat Hadin which sued Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal this week for war crimes after Hamas executed 38 Gaza residents it accused of being "collaborators" with Israel without a trial.

Taking another tack, Abbas is also currently pushing a plan by which he would have the UN demand Israel withdraw from the 1949 Armistice lines under a defined timeline.