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    • Bandar Michaels
    • 13.01.11 | 07:44 (IST)

    Only if all things are equal. Jerusalem according to the real Jerusalemites is the Jerusalem of pre-1948, not East Jerusalem. Nevertheless, in 1948 all Palestinian Jerusalemites of the western part had to leave with the exception of 20 families who took shelter in monisteries or churches, but by 1967, only six families remained in West Jerusalem. Today, only Napoleon Yousef 's family remains as a contineously living Palestinians in West Jerusalem since pre 1948, all of the others have either immigrated or moved to East Jerusalem. The few Palestinians who live today in West Jerusalem are new comers from other "Arab Israeli " neighberhoods or towns who conviniently live there for the purpose of schooling or Jobs. Most Palestinians prefer being segregated from Jews as much as most Jews prefer to be segregated from Palestinians. The reasons given in the survey doesn't assume social benefits, it only gives economical benefits. I am sure if the same survey is done on Israeli Jews in West Jerusalem, and were told that the Kotel will be in Palestine, and that the Palestinian economy is much more prosperous, and Israel is a prison state, you will get a similar results.

    from the article: Would East Jerusalem Arabs rather be citizens of Israel or Palestine?
    First published 03:57 13.01.11 | Last updated 03:57 13.01.11
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