Palestinians may have travel rights revoked, concerns US

Israel may revoke Palestinians travel rights, benefits in East Jerusalem, decision concerns US

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A view of the Dome of the Rock Mosque located at Al Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 25 2015

The United States on Monday expressed concerns over the possibility of depriving Palestinians in East Jerusalem of their right to travel, as the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mulls the step. 

The spokesman of the State Department John Kirby, speaking at a daily briefing said that "if it was true it would certainly be of concern to us."

A government official on Monday stated that Netanyahu is considering revoking benefits and residency permits from some Palestinians who live in East Jerusalem. 

If this measurement is applied, it would provoke more tension and confrontations, depriving Palestinians in Jerusalem from basic rights said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

"This alarming escalation, an inhuman and illegal measure, must be stopped immediately," said Ashrawi.

Recently, violence has been growing in Jerusalem after Israeli police carried out a raid on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam.

The escalating Palestinian unrest is a warned trigger for a “third intifada.” 

On Monday, three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli army two of them in Hebron, who were accused by the Israeli forces of attempting to attack and stab Israeli soldiers. 

Since October 1, an estimated 56 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces while 10 Isaelis have been killed in stab attacks by Palestinians. 

The city of Jerusalem is under the regard of Israel including East Jerusalem. Israel occupied Jerusalem, along with the West Bank in 1967. 

Palestinians in Jerusalem are not Israeli citizens, but they have  blue identification cards given to them by Israel, according to which they have permanent residence in Jerusalem and can move freely, unlike the Gazans.

TRTWorld and agencies