The Haifa District Court Sunday approved a request from Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to revoke the Israeli citizenship of convicted Arab terrorist Alaa Zayud, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison after a terror attack that wounded four Israelis in 2015.
The court’s unprecedented move was enacted due to Zayud’s “breach of loyalty” as an Israeli citizen. The decision—based on Article 11 of Israel’s Nationality Law—sets a precedent for future legal rulings against convicted terrorists who hold Israeli citizenship.
The ruling is due to go into effect in October and will replace Zayud’s Israeli citizenship with a temporary permit that requires periodic renewal. In 2015, Zayud, 23, from the northern Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm, carried out a combined car-ramming and stabbing attack.
During his trial, Zayud denied having any intention of carrying out a terror attack and claimed he had lost control of his vehicle.
“I did nothing. They want to turn me into a terrorist. I don’t know what they want from me. I am not a terrorist,” he said.
Deri indicated he also plans to pursue the cancellation of Zayud’s father’s permit to reside in Israel. The terrorist’s father is reportedly married to an Israeli citizen, but is not an Israeli citizen himself.