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Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship in Jerusalem

Israel hopes Jerusalemites seeking Israeli citizenship would break their affiliation to the West Bank.
A Palestinian woman shows Jordanian passports in the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, Aug. 5, 2019.

A number of Palestinians in Jerusalem are seeking to obtain Israeli citizenship, in the hope of living in stability amid the prevalent difficult economic and living situation in Jerusalem. Obtaining Israeli citizenship has its advantages, such as health insurance, social security and freedom of movement.

Israel, for its part, could have covert reasons for naturalizing Jerusalemites, most notably breaking their bond with the West Bank.

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