Lawyer Daniel Seidemann says that in his 20 years of handling Jerusalem residency rights cases, he had never heard of a Palestinian from East Jerusalem living in city’s Jewish, Western half.
If you follow Haaretz, you've read this:
In 2009, Haaretz wrote that east Jerusalem Arabs can buy private/church land in west Jerusalem but complained "Rehavia or Talbieh would in any event be out of the range of most East Jerusalemites' budget." [And then, way down at the end of the 2009 Haaretz article it says,] "Nevertheless, dozens of Palestinian families have moved into Jewish neighborhoods, mainly French Hill and Pisgat Ze'ev [okay, not strictly "West" Jerusalem bu Jewish neighborhoods, nevertheless]. Most are renting, while a few buy apartments without registering them. Lawyers in the field say the law is not always applied, and that if a resident of East Jerusalem were to apply to register the apartment at the ILA [Israel Land Authority], they would not have problems doing so."
(h/t = SL)
UPDATE from SL:
Here's something very interesting:
Daniel Seidemann, a Jerualem lawyer, said that in his 20 years of handling residency rights cases for Palestinians he had never heard of a Palestinian with a Jerusalem ID living in West Jerusalem.
Seems that Beinart regurgitated a line from a 2009 article in Electronic intifada.
Seidemann hasn't aged a day in the past 7 years!!!!!
And, while not quite "West Jerusalem", it's a "settlement"! (h/t = IM)
Sarhan Ganayem, an Arab Israeli, has lived in Jerusalem settlements for 12 years, first in French Hill and then in Neve Yaakov.
"Really it's not a matter of ideology," said Rawya Mazal, an Israeli Arab realtor who sells or lets properties to Palestinian families in a nearby settlement at French Hill. "It's about convenience, living close to campus or making an investment."
In the working-class areas of Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Yaacov to the northeast of Jerusalem's Old City, 1 to 2 percent of residents are now Israeli Arab or Palestinian, figures show.