Israel faulted for severing Jerusalem from Palestinians
in Red Cross document: report
The Associated Press
Published: May 15, 2007
JERUSALEM: A confidential document of the International Committee of the
Red Cross accuses Israel of violating international humanitarian laws in
annexed east Jerusalem, isolating Palestinians there from the West Bank and
preventing them from getting permanent residency, according to a report published
A spokesman for the Red Cross in Jerusalem, Bernard Barrett, confirmed the
accuracy of the New York Times report. But he said he could not release the
document since it was confidential. The document was released in February
to the parties involved, Barrett said.
An Israeli spokesman said the document it did not take into consideration
that Israel had offered citizenship to Palestinian residents in east Jerusalem
when it annexed the sector of the city after capturing it in the 1967 Mideast
war. Most of those Palestinians refused to take Israeli citizenship.
Palestinian officials did not immediately return calls requesting comment.
The Red Cross found that Israel's separation barrier with the West Bank,
Jewish settlements outside Jerusalem and a thick network of Israeli roads
prevent the free movement of Palestinians living in the city and nearby West
Bank communities, according to the Times.