Israel’s New Legislation Strips Palestinians Of Their Right To Live In Occupied East Jerusalem And Golan Heights
A new law approved by the Israeli parliament’s legislative committee will give Israelis wider powers to ban Palestinians from their right to live in occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The law also allows Israel’s government to withdraw residency from any Palestinian considered by Israel to be “involved in terrorism,” whether they have been convicted of a crime or not.

It follows the government’s earlier attempts to remove Palestinians’ social security benefits and family reunion rights in Jerusalem. “This time they are going after the right to residency,” Sani Khoury, a lawyer in Jerusalem, told Arab News.

According to the lawyer, Israel’s right-wing Knesset members appear to be in a race to see who can sponsor the most racist law against Palestinians. Khoury added: “Note that they did not withdraw social benefits or the residency rights of Yigal Amir, the killer of former prime minister Yitshaq Rabin.”

East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 and the Golan Heights in 1980. Palestinians can live there only if they accept firm Israeli administrative procedures.

Hanna Issa, a lawyer in Jerusalem who specializes in international law, told the News that those Palestinians with permanent residency cannot lose their right to live in Jerusalem provided the city is the center of their lives, but “if they are away from Jerusalem for seven years, or if they get residency elsewhere, this right can be withdrawn.”

Previously, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel has acknowledged the cases of nearly 15,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem who have lost their residency rights under these laws.

Read More: Israel To Vote On Bill To Revoke Palestinians’ Residency Status

On the other hand, the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, reportedly warned a group of Jewish American leaders that the removal of West Bank settlers could spark a civil war.

According to Axios, Friedman made the remarks during a conference of presidents of the Jewish organizations in North America that forced evacuations could have dire consequences.

“a massive evacuation of Jewish settlements from the West Bank could lead to a civil war in Israel”, Friedman said.

The new legislation seems to be aimed at spoiling an attempt by four Palestinians from Jerusalem to have their administrative banishment from the city overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Khaled Abu Arafeh, the former Palestinian Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, and three elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, including Ahmad Ottwan, Mohammed Totah, and Mohammad Abu Tier were banned from Jerusalem shortly after the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections.

According to the Israeli prosecutor, the men’s crime was that by taking part in the elections on behalf of the pro-Hamas Islamists Change and Reform List, they showed that they were “not loyal to the state of Israel.”

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