World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan on Sunday revoked Jerusalem permanent residency of a Palestinian man convicted of driving a bomber responsible for the 2001 Tel Aviv nightclub attack.
The authorities decided to cancel the residency of Mahmoud Nadi who assisted in the 2001 Dolphinarium bombing, which left 21 Israelis dead, Erdan's office said in a statement.
Nadi has already served a ten-year jail sentence for driving a member of the Qassam Brigades - the military wing of Palestinian faction Hamas - who carried out the Tel Aviv bombing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced plans to propose a bill allowing the cancellation of permanent residency status - and the social services associated with it - of those involved in "terrorist" operations along with their families.
Permanent residency status refers to the Jerusalem ID granted to Palestinians residing in occupied East Jerusalem, which is different from the Israeli citizenship granted to Palestinians who refused to leave their lands with the creation of Israel in 1948.
In 1948, some 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes – or were forcibly expelled by Jewish forces – after the creation of the new state of Israel, while hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns were razed to the ground.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War.
It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.
Palestinians demand the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with East Jerusalem – currently occupied by Israel – as its capital.
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