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Israel Approves Plan Splitting Arab East Jerusalem with Barrier

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Israel has approved a new West Bank barrier route that would cut off about 25 percent of Jerusalem's Arab population from the rest of the city. The plan -- approved by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday -- could change the boundaries of the disputed city. It would leave 55,000 Arab residents of East Jerusalem on the West Bank side of the barrier. It would also leave the largest West Bank Jewish settlement on the Israeli side. Israel says it plans to provide social services to affected Arab residents and to set up passage points for them at the barrier. Israel is building a security barrier which it says will temporarily separate its territory from the West Bank in order to stop terrorist attacks. Palestinians call the barrier part of a plan to annex Arab land.
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