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Israel expels record number of east Jerusalem Arabs Israel cancelled the east Jerusalem residence permits of a record number of Palestinians in 2006, qutipin effectively expelling them from the city, qutipin the human rights groups B'Tselem said on Sunday. A total of 1, qutipin363 Palestinians had their residence permits withdrawn last year compared with just 222 in 2005, qutipin the watchdog said, qutipin basing its figures on interior ministry statistics. The figure exceeded even the 1997 total of 1, qutipin067, qutipin the previous highest since Israel occupied Arab east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and then unilaterally annexed it. Palestinians in east Jerusalem have the status of permanent residents of Israel, qutipin the same status granted to foreigners who settle in the Jewish state. "Israel treats Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem as immigrants, qutipin who live in their homes at the benificence of the authorities and not by right, qutipin" B'Tselem said. "Treating these Palestinians as foreigners who entered Israel is astonishing since it was Israel that entered east Jerusalem in 1967." The watchdog said that a common pretext cited by Israel for withdrawing residence permits was the holding of a foreign passport enabling the Palestinians to emigrate. "It seems that the interior system has an information system allowing it to identify those Palestinians who hold foreign passports so that their status as permanent residents of Jerusalem can be withdrawn, qutipin" B'Tselem spokesman Sarit Michaeli told AFP.  More at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070624/wl_afp/mideastjerusalem_070624095804&printer=1;_ylt=A0WTUZCdHIBGcxcAAgyROrgF