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A Palestinian human Rights group recently won a court appeal that was submitted to the Israeli Higher Court requesting the Israeli Authorities to release classified information about the confiscation of Identity Cards from Palestinian Jerusalemites.
As per the report, between 1967 and 1996, the Israeli Ministry of Interior had confiscated more than 4000 Israeli identity cards from Palestinian Jerusalemites, an act which meant ceasing their historical ownership and rights to their homes in Jerusalem and eventually banning them from entering the city since no Palestinian can enter the city without having such an ID or getting the approval pass from the Israeli Authorities. That, in addition to losing their medicare rights and other social services.
The Palestinian human rights group regarded this as a deliberate Israeli policy to evacuate Arab East Jerusalem from its majority Palestinian population. The confiscation of 4000 Identity Cards from Palestinian Jerusalemites also meant that their spouses and dependants lost their rights as well, and assuming that each had a minimum of 2, the total number would be at least 8000.
The following are some documented statistics as released
by the group which shows a staggering rise of more than 600% in some years:
|Year||Number of Incidents|
11 August, 1997