Thursday, July 3, 2008

Israel's vice premier has said the home district of the Palestinian who carried out the bulldozer attack should be cut off from the rest of Jerusalem

Haim Ramon said residents of Sur Bahir in east Jerusalem should also be stripped of their Israeli ID cards. Mr Ramon proposed changing the route of the barrier which separates Jerusalem from the West Bank. About a third of Jerusalem's population is Palestinian, living in an area occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. Mr Ramon said he disagreed with those who argued that demolishing the home of the bulldozer attacker would help prevent future attacks, but he said the house should be demolished regardless, if it was legally possible. The barrier has already cut off several neighbourhoods housing tens of thousands of Palestinian holders of Israeli Jerusalem IDs. He said the Jabal al-Mukabir area, home of a Palestinian who killed eight Jewish students in March 2008, should be given the same treatment.

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