President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But a third of Jerusalem’s residents are not Israeli citizens at all. They’re Palestinians who hold Israeli residency papers. Israel has revoked those papers from thousands of Palestinian residents, rights groups say. Jerusalem’s mayor, however, would not acknowledge it.
“I’m not aware of anybody that his residency was provoked [sic],” Mayor Nir Barkat said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition about the revocations. “I think, factually, this is probably not true.”
But according to an August report by Human Rights Watch, Israel has revoked the residency status of at least 14,595 Palestinians in East Jerusalem since Israel captured the territory from Jordan in 1967. The group cited data that lawyers and rights groups collected from Israel’s Interior Ministry through freedom of information requests and court cases.