"They are not allowed to be part of the Palestinian Authority, do not possess its passport, nor do they enjoy its governance. They are not Israeli citizens, either. Israel grants permanent residency to Palestinians who were in Jerusalem when the Israeli army conquered the holy city and unilaterally annexed it to the state of Israel. "Let's not linger too much on the standard Palestinian rewrite of history there, that Israel "conquered" the city as if the Jews have no history there, and that Jordan has never been there either.
But let's not be distracted, after all this article is about the Palestinians. As usual they are caught between political pressures and their own self-interest. After all, Israel has offered Israeli citizenship to the Palestinians of East Jerusalem but at every opportunity they refused because to do some would mean "collaboration" with the Zionist enemy. So as usual the Palestinians cut off their noses to spite their faces.
It would be one thing for Daoud Kuttab to have explained all of that. As you can see it didn't take very long. But no. Let's stick with the mean old Israel depriving the innocent Palestinians of their rights. That's a story that Huffington Posters are used to so why inconvenience them with reality?
The rest of the article is devoted to complaining about Israel and ignoring Palestinian refusal to make peace and therefore improve their lives. Here are some truths, however, he may not have mentioned:
In the end it's just another Huffington Post tear jerker piece. But even the HuffPosters are starting to get a little bored, as this one didn't even break 100 comments.