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Israel has issued land expropriation orders for its "Jerusalem envelope" fence, which will put some 50,000 Palestinians from the West Bank on the Israeli side of the barrier while leaving tens of thousands of Arab residents of the capital cut off from relatives, schools and jobs.

Most of the expropriation orders are for land inside the West Bank, but a few are for land inside parts of Jerusalem annexed by Israel.

Though the American embassy in Israel says that Jerusalem can take any action it believes necessary to protect its citizens, the administration, in conversations with Israeli officials, says that Israel may not enter Palestinian territories in order to do so.