Haaretz: Israel Cancels Residency Status of 140,000 Palestinians

By Akiva Eldar (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Published May 11, 2011.

Israel’s cancelling of the residency status of 140,000 West Bank Palestinians reported by Haaretz constitutes a war crime and represents an Israeli attempt to affect the demographic composition of the West Bank.

Erekat’s comments were in response to a Haaretz report earlier Wednesday that quoted an official Israeli document according to which Israel has used a covert procedure to cancel the residency status of West Bank Palestinians between 1967 and 1994.

The document was written after the Center for the Defense of the Individual filed a request under the Freedom of Information Law. The document states that the procedure was used on Palestinian residents of the West Bank who traveled abroad between 1967 and 1994.

Read more at haaretz.com



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