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4901 Palestinians lost their Jerusalem residency

1 May 2010 10:58

A report issued by the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) on Thursday states that the Israeli occupation ministry of interior withdrew the residency rights of 229 Jerusalem residents in 2007 and 4672 residents in 2008 as part of the occupation’s policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

The centre published on Thursday new data which it has received from the Israeli occupation ministry of interior regarding the numbers of Palestinian Jerusalem residents who lost their residency during the years 2007 and 2008.

The centre pointed out that 67 residents regained their residency rights in 2007 and 83 residents regained their residency rights in 2008.

JCSER added that the number of family reunification applications in 2007 were 750; 431 of these were accepted while the number of such applications in 2008 was 816; 404 of them were accepted.

The number of applications to add a child to the blue ID card (given to Palestinian residents of occupied east Jerusalem) were 1881 in 2007; 1347 were accepted, while the number of such applications was 2062 in 2008; 1470 were accepted.

The Israeli occupation authority has consistently worked to ethnically cleanse Jerusalem of its Palestinian population and these efforts have intensified in recent years.

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