Friday, January 25, 2008


More Jerusalem Arabs Seek Israeli Citizenship - Dion Nissenbaum (McClatchy)
Though many Arabs in Jerusalem want to see an independent Palestinian state, they don't want to be part of it. The number of Arab residents of Jerusalem applying for Israeli citizenship more than doubled in 2007, according to the Israel Interior Ministry. 500 residents of eastern Jerusalem requested Israeli passports, up from 200 in each of the previous three years.

There's an uncomfortable acknowledgment, especially among the Arab middle class in Jerusalem, that their lives could get substantially worse under Palestinian rule.  Eastern Jerusalem Arabs receive Israeli social security and health benefits. They're allowed to vote in local elections. They have the freedom to travel throughout Israel without special permits.

No comments: