# 68 Nati Hans - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 02.12.09 | 20:39 (IST)

    - Since when does giving a people residency of a State, with the option of applying for citizenship WHENEVER they please to do so equivalent to "ethnic cleansing"? You are probably not aware of this, but ALL Arab East Jerusalem residents are entitled to Israeli Citizenship if they chose to apply for it. Most do not apply for it though, which is why the residency status is maintained. You should read more carefully: Attorney Yotam Ben-Hillel of Hamoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual said the 250,000 Arab residents of East Jerusalem have the same legal status as people who immigrated to Israel legally but are not entitled to citizenship under the Law of Return. "They are treated as if they were immigrants to Israel, despite the fact that it is Israel that came to them in 1967," he said. Once a Palestinian has lost his residency, even returning to Jerusalem for a family visit can be impossible, Ben-Hillel said

    from the article: Israel stripped thousands of Jerusalem Arabs of residency in 2008
    First published 01:12 02.12.09 | Last updated 08:30 02.12.09
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