By: Jackson Richman – Jewish News Syndicate;

The official description of Palestinians residing in eastern Jerusalem is now “Arab residents” or “non-Israeli citizens,” instead of “Palestinian residents,” in the department’s annual global human-rights report.

The U.S. State Department has changed its official description of Palestinians living in eastern Jerusalem from “Palestinian residents” to “Arab residents” or “non-Israeli citizens” in the department’s annual global human-rights report released on Wednesday.

The majority of eastern Jerusalem’s 340,000 or so Palestinians identify as such. The Palestinians consider the area the capital of a future state.

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