Israel considers revoking 80,000 Palestinians’ residency

Tel Aviv, Oct 26 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a plan to cancel the residencies of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a media report said on Monday.

The measure would affect about 80,000 Palestinians, among more than 370,000 living in the municipality of Jerusalem approved by the Israeli parliament, which describes the city as the “eternal and united” capital of Israel, Efe news reported.

“We need to examine the possibility of cancelling their residency,” Netanyahu said.

Residency status allows people in Palestinian neighbourhoods to move freely throughout Israel, unlike the population of the West Bank who require special permits.

The proposal was part of a package partially approved by the Israeli government to halt the wave of violence which began on October 1.

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