Turkish Party Promotes Bill to Revocate Citizenship of Those Who Fought in Gaza

By Yoni Weiss

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks to the attendees during a rally to show their solidarity with the Palestinians, in Istanbul, Oct. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

In a provocative move against Israel, the Turkish Parliament on Wednesday took a preliminary step towards passing legislation that would revoke Turkish citizenship from dual Israeli-Turk nationals who participated in what it termed “Israel’s massacre in Gaza”. According to the proposed law, Israeli citizens holding Turkish citizenship and involved in combat in the Gaza Strip would be required to stand trial in Turkey within 90 days. Failure to comply would result in the revocation of their Turkish citizenship and the seizure of all their assets in Turkey.

The proposal also aims to prosecute all IDF soldiers who participated in combat, indicating a stringent stance and sanctions against Israelis holding Turkish citizenship.

The bill was introduced by members of the Islamist Huda-Par party, allies of the ruling Justice and Development Party associated with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The leftist party aligned with the founding principles of modern Turkey’s Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, are opposed to the law and continue to voice their dissent in Parliament.

Since the Oct. 7 attack carried out by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, Turkey has displayed increasingly hostile attitudes towards Israel, positioning itself as a vocal critic on the international stage.

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