Barrier strengthens Jewish majority in Jerusalem

Monday, July 11, 2005 | 
A day after the Cabinet approved construction of the security barrier around Jerusalem, Israeli officials said the aim was two-fold: to insure a strong Jewish majority in Jerusalem and to keep suicide bombers out. Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Haim Ramon said the city was hardest hit during the Palestinian terror war, with more than 250 residents killed, mostly by suicide bombers. But he acknowledge that the barrier “also makes it [Jerusalem] more Jewish.” The barrier puts 55,000 Arab residents of Jerusalem outside the fence. "The government did well in determining the fence route without including [the] Shuafat and Kalandia [refugee camps] in Jerusalem," Ramon told Israel Radio. "I don't think anybody is sorry about this."

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