JCSER warns of Israeli plan to deport more than 20,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem 24Nov09 November 26, 2009

The Palestinian Information Center -  24 November 2009


The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) warned of Israeli intentions to deport more than 20,000 Palestinians from the West Bank who are married to Jerusalemite women on the pretext that their residence in the Holy City is illegal.

The Center said that many of those Palestinian citizens have temporary residence permits issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior and until now they have not been given a right to stay permanently with their wives in Jerusalem according to the procedures of reunion.

Ziyad Al-Hammouri, the director of the Center, explained  that the Israeli Interior Ministry published last year in a local newspaper a notice ordering what it called “the inhabitants of Judea and Samaria living in Jerusalem illegally”, in this regard  West Bank citizens who live with Jerusalemite wives in the Holy City, to apply for temporary residence permits.

Hammouri added that the Center at the time had warned of the motives and aims behind this Israeli announcement in the newspaper, which enabled the Israeli Interior Ministry later to collect detailed information on a large number of West Bank citizens who live in the neighborhoods and towns within the Israeli municipal boundaries in Jerusalem.

The director noted that the Israeli Interior Ministry could not have obtained such information on West Bank citizens living in Jerusalem through its investigation crews and the national insurance company, so it resorted to this trick.

He elaborated that afterwards, many of those Palestinian citizens hastened to give detailed information about themselves in application forms thinking that the interior ministry would give them a temporary or permanent residence permits, but now this personal information can be used as evidence against them to expel them from the city.

The Center director affirmed that the Israeli occupation authority had started to implement its plan and had expelled all members of the Palestinian family of martyr Mari Radayda from their homes in Al-Ashqarya neighborhood of Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, on the pretext of their illegal residence in the city.

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