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Israelís security cabinet approves police closure on Jerusalem test

By Amy Mac - October 14, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Jerusalem]

Israel’s security cabinet approved Wednesday the police closure of occupied East Jerusalem, alongside several other new measures in response to the recent wave of violent attacks in Israel.



It announced the police were now authorised to "impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations."


The cabinet also said that homes "terrorists", alongside being demolished, cannot be rebuilt on the site, and the permanent residency rights of "terrorists" will be revoked and property confiscated.


Additionally, army reinforcements will be called in for police in cities and main roads, and 300 security guards are expected to be stationed on and around public transportation. The reinforcements will cost 80 million NIS.  


Further according to the new measures, the permanent residency status of Palestinians who carry out attacks will be revoked and their property confiscated.


Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem are not Israeli citizens and hold the status of “permanent resident.” Israeli policy makes it difficult for Jerusalemite Palestinians to retain the status, and over 14,300 Palestinians have lost residency since 1967 despite being from the area.


The announcement comes after the Israeli security cabinet convened at 4:30 P.M. Tuesday following multiple attacks in Israel as violence escalates across the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


Israeli rights group B’Tselem called the Israeli government’s response “the very inverse of what ought to be done” in the efforts to ease the continued violence escalating across the region.


“The events of recent weeks cannot be viewed in a vacuum, isolated from the reality of the ongoing, daily oppression of 4 million people, with no hope of change in sight,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.


“At present, Israelis are exposed to untenable violence, but the status quo almost all Israelis have come to see as acceptable in fact exposes millions of Palestinians to violence that is a consequence of the very regime of occupation, with its inherent features of oppression, dispossession and the trampling of rights,” B’Tselem added.


The group expressed criticism for the Israeli government officials who "shoot and kill" Palestinians suspected of carrying out an attack even if they pose no immediate threat, stating that “the lives of Palestinians suspected of perpetrating attack are forfeit.”


Yesterday three Israelis were killed and up to 27 injured in four separate attacks across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem. Two suspected Palestinian attackers were shot dead on scene.


Since the latest wave of violence started on Oct.1, thirty Palestinians have been killed in the occupied Palestinian territory by Israeli forces.


Nearly 1,300 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets in the same time period.



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