Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank may soon be evicted or face criminal charges by Israeli authorities, the Israeli daily Haaretz says.
An amendment to an Israeli order on “preventing infiltration” coming into force this week will stipulate that residents of the West Bank without West Bank ID cards may now need one issued by the occupying authorities.
Anyone without such a document could either be expelled or jailed for up to seven years.
Haaretz said the new order would likely be used first against those Palestinians whose ID cards bear home addresses in the Gaza Strip – people born in Gaza and their West Bank-born children – or those born in the West Bank or abroad who for various reasons lost their residency status.
Also likely to be targeted are foreign-born spouses of Palestinians.
Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland explains.