Israeli leader vows to revoke residency rights of Arabs involved in violence

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JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister says he will work to revoke residency rights and social benefits of people who commit politically motivated violence and those who support them.

Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal, made in parliament Wednesday, appeared to be aimed at Palestinians in east Jerusalem. East Jerusalem Palestinians have carried out a number of deadly attacks in recent weeks.

Arab residents of east Jerusalem are not Israeli citizens, but hold residency rights that grant them governmental health and other social benefits. Netanyahu said that people involved in violence, as well as those who support them, cannot receive Israeli social benefits.

"There is nothing more absurd," he said.

Israel has already beefed up security throughout the city and ordered the demolitions of the homes of attackers' families in response to the violence.

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