The Israeli Knesset passed on Tuesday a bill to cut off Palestinian neighborhoods left behind the separation wall, such as Kafr Akab and the Shuafat refugee camp, from occupied Jerusalem.
The bill was approved by a 9-7 vote in the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee ahead of second and third readings.
The bill to establish a new municipality in Kafr Akab and Shuafat is being promoted by Israeli Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who warns of the “Palestinian demographic growth” in occupied Jerusalem.
Elkin claims that because “these neighborhoods are located behind the wall and are wide open to the rest of the West Bank, Palestinians are coming to live in them and, due to mixed marriages, the rate of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem is rising.”
The PIC reporter said that the plan came as part of Israeli Judaization schemes and mainly aims to change the demographic character of the occupied city.
(Source / 29.11.2017)