New law allows Israel to revoke residency of East Jerusalem Palestinians
A new Israeli law that allows the government to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem is contrary to international law, said the director of a Catholic legal aid centre.
“Under international law, East Jerusalem is occupied territory, and the Palestinians living in East Jerusalem…are under occupation. So this law would require people under occupation to be loyal to the occupying power. Clearly this is contrary to international law,” said Raffoul Rofa, director of the Society of St Yves Catholic Centre for Human Rights.
“This law requires non-citizens of the State of Israel to be loyal to a country they are not citizens of,” said Rofa. The St Yves society, working under the patronage of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, provides free legal aid to those who need it.
According to the law, residency status of East Jerusalem Palestinians can be revoked if they engage in terror or other anti-Israel activities. The law will also allow for the state to deport anyone whose residency status has been withdrawn.
The law stipulates three situations in which the residency can be revoked: if the original status was granted under false pretenses, if the resident endangered public safety or security, or if he betrays the State of Israel.
Picture: Palestinians wait to cross an Israeli roadblock in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya. A law passed on 7th March by the Israeli parliament allows the interior minister to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. (CNS photo/Ammar Awad, Reuters).Tags: East Jerusalem, Israel, Jerusalem, Palestinian, Palestinians, Raffoul Rofa