Palestinians concern over Israel's West Bank expulsion order (2)

15:00, April 12, 2010      

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The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) had negotiated for more than a decade with Israel to create a Palestinian statehood in Gaza and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem as its capital. The negotiations stopped in December 2008 and Jewish settlement plans in East Jerusalem blocked their resumption.

So far, Israel deals with the West Bank and Gaza, which are geographically separated, as different political entities.

Al-Khatib said Israel was "trying to impose its racist occupational standards on Palestinian citizenship rights." He added the planned expelling of foreigners aims at stopping active international campaigners from staging or participating in peaceful demonstrations against Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

In Gaza, Hamas government, the PNA's rival, warned of " a new migration and deportation of Palestinians in the West Bank." Its spokesman Taher al-Nounou said Israel wants "to empty the land from its people, starting from Jerusalem and the West Bank to control them."

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