Tel Aviv: Israeli authorities are poised to strip tens of thousands of Palestinians in al-Quds of their residency rights as the Tel Aviv regime’s aggression against Palestinians in the occupied territories continues unabated.
According to Israeli Channel 2 television network, the move, proposed by the Zionist regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a cabinet session last month, targets 230,000 Palestinians, who hold residency permits in East al-Quds, and live in Shu’fat refugee camp as well as Kafr Aqab and Sawahra neighborhoods.Kahil Tufakji, a Palestinian settlement affairs expert, said Netanyahu’s proposal also affects the Arab neighborhoods of Jabel Mukaber, al-Issawiya, at-Tur and Beit Hanina.
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, there are 350,000 Palestinians and 200,000 illegal settlers living within the municipal borders of East al-Quds.
A total of 145,000 Palestinians live outside the separation wall, which snakes across the occupied West Bank and isolates large swathes of Palestinian lands, while 195,000 others are encircled by the construct.
Tufakji further argued that Israel is seeking to change the demographic patterns of East al-Quds.