Ridding East Jerusalem Of Absent Arab Residents

From Haaretz, the latest in a series of steps to claim all of Jerusalem for the Jewish state:

Last year set an all-time record for the number of Arab residents of East Jerusalem who were stripped of residency rights by the Interior Ministry. Altogether, the ministry revoked the residency of 4,577 East Jerusalemites in 2008 - 21 times the average of the previous 40 years.

In the first 40 years of Israeli rule over East Jerusalem combined, from 1967 to 2007, the ministry deprived only 8,558 Arabs of their residency rights - less than double the number who lost their permits last year alone. Thus of all the East Jerusalem Arabs who have lost their residency rights since 1967, about 35 percent did so in 2008.

Many of these individuals - including 99 children - had not lived in those residences for a long time or lived abroad for more than seven years, and, as such, had no right to return home, if you pardon the expression. But this law only applies to Arabs and not Jews, and the upshot is another provocation - handing over more Palestinian homes to new Jewish residents. But provocation is what Netanyahu lives and breathes.