HRW Calls For Palestinian Residency Rights


Salon Staff
February 5, 2012 2:36PM (UTC)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An international human rights group has urged Israel to lift what it says are arbitrary restrictions on Palestinian residency in the West Bank and Gaza.

The New York-based group Human Rights Watch said in a 90-page report Sunday that such restrictions have denied thousands of Palestinians living outside the territories the ability to live in them, or to travel to and from them.

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The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. Since capturing these areas in the 1967 Mideast war, Israel has maintained final say over who is a legal resident there.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev says Israel has granted tens of thousands of Palestinians residency over the years and accused Human Rights Watch of anti-Israel bias.


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