Thursday, December 03, 2009

Israel: Israel strips 4,577 Palestinians of residency

MENAFN reports that according to an Israeli human rights organization, the Israeli Interior Ministry stripped 4,577 Palestinians of residency status in the city last year.

Statistics obtained by the Israeli Center for the Defense of the Individual, HaMoked, under a Freedom of Information Act request show that Palestinians lost their Jerusalem residency status last year at a faster rate than at any time in the history of occupation.

"Revocation of residence has reached frightening proportions," said Dalia Kerstein, executive director of HaMoked.

According to the statistics, 4,577 residents of East Jerusalem had their residence revoked in 2008, which was greater than half the total revoked in the past 40 years.

The United Nations, the United States and the European have criticized Israel's policies in Jerusalem, which include the eviction of Palestinians from homes whose ownership they cannot prove, demolition of housing built without Israeli permits, and expansion of settlements on land occupied since a 1967 war.

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