Israel’s legal policy in Jerusalem since 1967 has been guided by political considerations designed to maintain what Israel calls a “demographic balance” inside Jerusalem’s municipal borders. By a “demographic balance,” the occupation authorities mean a solid (70%) Israeli majority. To this end, the occupation authorities (government and municipality) have enacted a string of laws and policies aimed at displacing Palestinians from the city. Policies regulating Palestinian residency rights are among the most egregious.
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