Anger sparks anger over stripping Jerusalem residents of their Palestinian status
The Palestinian presidency rejected a report released by the US State Department in which it changed the definition of Palestinian citizens of occupied East Jerusalem to the status of Arab residents.
Management described the move as an attempt to falsify history.
“This report is yet another failed attempt by the US administration to implement the so-called deal of the dead century, which is rejected by Palestinians, Arabs and the international community,” President Nabil spokesman said. Abu Rudeina.
He firmly denounced “the alteration of the rules of international law and decisions of international legitimacy, which all affirmed that East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967”.
“The insistence of the US administration on these desperate attempts will not bring peace, security and stability to anyone, nor will it affect the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and their leaders, who are able to thwart this conspiracy,” Abu Rudeina continued.
The US State Department, in its annual report on human rights in the world, did not recognize as Palestinians, the Arab population of East Jerusalem, whose number exceeds 340,000. Rather, he described them as “Arab residents” and “non-Israelis,” instead of the term “Palestinian residents” previously used by the United States.
The majority of Palestinians in Jerusalem hold a residence permit, but they do not have citizenship. Palestinian officials and factions condemned the recent US move.
In his comments, PLO executive committee secretary Saeb Erekat said: “We are Palestinians, Arabs, Christians and Muslims. We are the sons and daughters of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is our capital and our home. The renaming of a Palestinian population to an Arab population is a desperate attempt to remove the name of the Palestinian people from Jerusalem. “