JERUSALEMITES STRIPPED OF RESIDENCY RIGHTS

Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem are being stripped of their rights at an alarmingly high rate, according to newly-released statistics. A release by Israel’s Interior Ministry says that the number of Palestinians who had their permanent residency status in Jerusalem revoked by Israeli authorities increased by six-fold this year. After Israel annexed the eastern…

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Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem are being stripped of their rights at an alarmingly high rate, according to newly-released statistics. A release by Israel’s Interior Ministry says that the number of Palestinians who had their permanent residency status in Jerusalem revoked by Israeli authorities increased by six-fold this year. After Israel annexed the eastern side of Jerusalem in 1967 the Arab residents there were allowed to apply for full Israeli citizenship. The residents did not agree with the move because they considered Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem as illegal. They were instead given ‘Jerusalem identity cards’, which made them second-class citizens in the state of Israel. They can’t vote in Parliamentary elections, or own property outside of designated areas. Now even those rights are being taken away at a rapidly increasing rate, as Israel continues its expansion onto Palestinian land in Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan River.