I dont understand all the Drama - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nati Hans
    • 02.12.09 | 08:34 (IST)

    The law mentioned in this article was a 1995 law rescinded four years later after it was discovered that more Arabs were moving back in order to retain their status. In March 2000, the Minister of the Interior, Natan Sharansky, stated that the "quiet deportation" policy would cease, the prior policy would be reverted, and Arab natives to Jerusalem would be able to regain residency if they could prove that they have visited Israel at least once every three years. Since December 1995, permanent residency of more than 3,000 individuals "expired," leaving them with neither citizenship nor residency. Despite changes in policy under Sharansky, in 2006 the number of former Arab Jerusalemites to lose their residency status was 1,363, a sixfold increase on the year before. The loss of status is automatic and sometimes occurs without their knowledge. Most who lose their status simply don't come back to update it, or just dont come back at all, period!

    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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