Ikke før var loven som åpner for å frata en israeler statsborgerskap vedtatt, før etterlatte anmodet innenriksministeren om å bruke loven mot en mann som kjørte en selvmordsbomber til åstedet.

Saken illustrerer følelsene som er involvert og forklarer hvorfor den ble vedtatt. I Israel finner man det helt urimelig at mennesker som hjelper selvmordsbombere skal kunne nyte godt av statens goder og rettighetene statsborgerskap gir.

De mener at mennesker som begår så nedrige handlinger bør miste retten til å være borgere av Israel.

The families who lost their loved ones in a Haifa suicide bus-bombing in 2003, asked Yishai to revoke the citizenship of Munir Rajbi, who was convicted of assisting an enemy in war, and sentenced to a life sentence.

Rajbi was part of a Hamas cell from Hebron. His brother drove the bomber to the location of the explosion.

“We turn to you, the Interior Minister, demanding that you immediately instruct the court to revoke the citizenship of Munir Rajbi,” the letter stated. “This ungodly person is responsible for the murder of 17 Israelis, nine of them teenagers who were on their way home from school. The state must revoke his citizenship at once and withdraw his rights as an Israeli citizen. This act will add to the public’s protection and the state’s deterrence in the face of those who live among us and seek our demise.”

Yossi Tzur, who lost his 17-year-old son, Assaf, in the bombing, said that the families were involved in Rajbi’s legal proceedings since the beginning of the police investigation against him, following the bombing.

Tzur said Rajbi had known about the bombing in advance, and had provided intelligence to the cell’s members in Hebron.

“He had lived in Haifa for 15 years and used his knowledge of the city to help the bombers choose the most effective route to attack,” said Tzur.

Tzur said that once the new law was passed, the families immediately wanted it enforced against Rajbi.

The law, sponsored by Israel Beiteinu MKs David Rotem and Robert Ilatov, is a diluted version of an earlier bill submitted to the previous Knesset, and aims to add punishment to Israelis who were involved in crimes of terrorism, espionage, aiding an enemy and treason.

Upon its passing (37-10), Rotem said: “Anyone who betrays the country or commits an act of terrorism against its citizens, will know that citizenship and loyalty go hand-in-hand.”

Israel Beiteinu Chairman, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, said that “Any person who harms the country cannot enjoy the benefits of citizenship and its fruit. The law will help confront the phenomenon by which there are those who take advantage of our democracy in order to undermine it, and by which those who are called citizens collaborate with the enemy.”

Men den nye loven kan ikke anvendes mot Rajbi, for loven kan ikke ha tilbakevirkende kraft. Et krav om å miste statsborgerskapet må fremmes under rettssaken, ikke som en tilleggstraff i etterkant.

‘Revoke citizenship of man convicted of aiding terrorist’