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October 15, 2007 Closing Out

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Ha'aretz reports that Ynet's English site will be closing down in the coming days because of low revenue. This information makes us wonder whether editors will be bothered to correct Yossi Beilin's false statement in his Op-Ed today that:

All of the 250,000 Palestinians residing in Jerusalem continue to remain Israeli citizens (albeit without the right to vote in Israel's Knesset and without an Israel passport, but with full social benefits such as health and education.)

Of course, Beilin has completely confused the status of east Jerusalem Arabs. All East Jerusalem Arabs are entitled to Israeli citizenship, but a relatively small number accept it. All those who accept citizenship receive a passport and the right to vote in national Israeli elections. Those who do not want Israeli citizenship still receive an Israeli identity card, which entitles them to health and education benefits as well as the right to vote in municipal elections.

Posted by TS at October 15, 2007 09:09 AM


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