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Israeli police arrest 154 "illegal" Palestinians

Aug. 1, 2009 2:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 4, 2009 9:09 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israeli authorities detained 154 so-called illegal Palestinian workers Saturday, according to news reports.

The Hebrew-language daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the 154 Palestinians were "illegally residing in Israel," and that some were deported to areas loosely administrated by the Palestinian Authority.

The newspaper also said that several of the detainees were first taken for questioning, and that only some were deported across the Green Line.

Twelve Israelis suspected of employing or aiding what the newspaper called illegal aliens were also arrested.

Israel has control over not only its country but also the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which were occupied in 1967.

It maintains a three-tier system of citizenship for Palestinians. Palestinians inside Israel are considered for the most part Israeli citizens, while Palestinians residing in occupied East Jerusalem have IDs that permit them to travel inside Israel. Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip are citizens of no country, and are generally banned from entering Israel or East Jerusalem.

Israeli Jews are permitted to work and are considered full Israeli citizens wherever they reside. Hundreds of thousands of them live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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