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Jerusalem / Palestinian Perspective

Palestinians assert an historical claim to Jerusalem, and demand that East Jerusalem be the capital of the future Palestinian state. But many fear that Israel seeks to negate that possibility. They — and most of the international community — reject the legality of Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem, and oppose the expansion of Jewish housing into Palestinian neighborhoods. They also object to the inadequacy of social

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services and infrastructure for East Jerusalem Palestinians — roughly 40 percent of the city’s population. Many Palestinians are particularly sensitive to the status quo of the holy sites, controlled by Israel with Jordanian religious oversight. To sum up the Palestinian position, Palestinians demand a capital of their own in East Jerusalem based on the 1967 lines, including sovereignty over most of the Old City.

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