Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Front for Defending Jerusalem and its Holy Sites, Dr. Hasan Khater, warned on Monday that Israel started implementing a new plan which targets the Arab presence in Jerusalem.Dr. Khater added that Israel is ongoing with its violations in Jerusalem and is ongoing with its plans to draw the borders of the city in accordance to the presence of its settlements and the Annexation Wall.

He stated that Israel is currently advertising for a new Jerusalem Identity Card which will be granted to residents “with special qualifications”, adding that this plan aims it stripping the Arab residents of their Jerusalem identity and residency.

“Thousands of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem will lose their ID cards, especially after Israel finishes the Annexation Wall which will completely separate several Arab neighborhoods from the City”, Dr. Khater stated.

He added that Israel wants to create a new demographical situation in Jerusalem by voiding the Arab presence and increasing the number of Israeli settlers.

Dr. Khater also said that Israel intends to divide the Palestinians by creating isolated cantons for them to bar any geographical unity between the Palestinian territories and Jerusalem. He further stated that Israel aims at stripping 40% of the Jerusalemite Palestinians from their ID cards.  

The Secretary-general demanded the Palestinian leadership to act on all levels in order to counter this threat which targets the Palestinian presence and history in the area.