Revoking Israeli Citizenship? Why Just ISIS Members?

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: or

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau has written a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,  requesting that he revoke the citizenship of Israelis enlisting in the Islamic State (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL or IS) terrorist organization.

ISIS, which is increasingly terrorizing countless communities throughout the Middle East, with sights unabashedly aimed around the world, has been actively recruiting Arab Israelis to join its ranks. Israeli security services are reporting that over thirty Israeli citizens have enrolled to date.

 “These are people who live in Israel as citizens, and as such they enjoy a long list of rights, as well as access to large and sensitive information,” Landau wrote.  “It is just a question of time until these people, living among us, become a lethal weapon directed against us.”

While one can certainly agree wholeheartedly with Minister Landau’s request, it should be pointed out that the problem isn’t only ISIS. There are far more Arab Israelis who are members of Hamas and of Islamic Jihad. Shouldn’t their citizenship be revoked, as well?

Yes, there are some notable differences in strategy. ISIS is more “in your face” than the others, but they all share the same ideology of Jihad, or holy war against all non-Muslims. This ideology is manifested in the Sunni Muslim doctrine of the Muslim Brotherhood, and is firmly rooted in the teachings of the founder of Islam, Muhammad.  Why not revoke the citizenship and expel (or not allow the return of) all Arab Israelis who join these Islamic terrorist organizations? Israeli security concerns shouldn’t be based on misguided foreign (American or European Union) tolerance for non-ISIS terrorist organizations. Israeli citizenship is a privilege, and Israeli citizens who wish to destroy their own country and are enrolling in ISIS, Hamas, or Islamic Jihad should have that privilege removed.

Other countries are also suffering from this phenomenon and with them, as well, the problem extends beyond ISIS. Nonetheless, we cannot wait for others to act. Israel must lead on this issue, acting decisively to carve out the growing cancer in its midst.