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HaMoked together with other Israeli human rights organizations petition the court: the Ministry of Interior must promptly process family-unification status requests of Palestinians harmed by the recently expired Citizenship and Entry Into Israel Law
Israel has denied certain married couples the right to live together. Some hide. Others break up.
Foreign Press, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Shira Rubin / The Washington Post  |  16.7.2021
Hope for fractured Palestinian families as Israel law ends
Foreign Press, Al Jazeera  |  12.7.2021
With the failure of the law’s renewal, more Palestinians will begin the arduous and expensive process of applying to Israeli authorities to obtain residency rights for their West Bank spouses.
Interior Ministry said told to stop processing Palestinian reunification bids
Foreign Press, The Times of Israel staff  |  11.7.2021
Order reportedly given to halt the paperwork as officials wait to see if minister Shaked will again try to pass legislation that blocks marriage as a path to citizenship
Palestinians start applying for citizenship under family unification laws
Foreign Press, Jeremy Sharon  |  8.7.2021
Following the government’s failure to renew the Citizenship Law this week, some 13,000 Palestinians married to Israeli citizens can start naturalization process to obtain citizenship.
Israel’s New Government Fails to Extend Contentious Citizenship Law
Foreign Press, Isabel Kershner / The New York Times  |  6.7.2021
In an early setback for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, parts of his coalition opposed the law. The opposition refused to come to the rescue.
Coalition rift reignites debate over law keeping Palestinian families apart
Foreign Press, Aaron Boxerman / The Times of Israel  |  3.7.2021
Israel says measure stopping Palestinians from becoming citizens through marriage is key for security, but critics lament toll on family life and ask if justification still holds
Israel's Cruel Citizenship Law Is Rotten, Racist and Unredeemable
Foreign Press, Dahlia Scheindlin  |  24.6.2021
For 18 years, Israeli governments have backed a law built on faulty security arguments, explicit demographic engineering and pure human suffering. The Bennett coalition seems set to prolong ruining Palestinian and Israeli lives
Following HaMoked’s appeal: The Appeals Tribunal reverses the Ministry of Interior’s refusal to extend the residency status of a foreign mother to Jerusalemite children who divorced her abusive spouse
The Supreme Court declined to review the legal definition of “Resident of the Area”: to evade a principled hearing, the State undertook to “favorably consider” upgrading the status of a young Jerusalemite represented by HaMoked
Ministry of Interior data reveals: some 12,700 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem and Israel by virtue of family unification processes; of them, some 70% are without social security rights or status in Israel
HaMoked to the Supreme Court: The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law should not be applied to people who are not registered as residents of the oPt and for years have no ties there
LAA 7065/20 - Abu Tir et al. vs. Ministry of Interior Population and Immigration Authority Application for Leave to Appeal
Application  |  7065/20  |  16.10.2020
The Appeals Tribunal again invalidates the Minister of Interior’s decision to deport an assailant’s relatives for the purpose of deterrence: The Ministry of Interior must reconsider their case
Appeal (J-m) 3285/18 - Mashur et al. vs. Ministry of Interior – Population and Immigration Authority Judgment
Judgment  |  3285/18   |  2.8.2020
Precedential judgment against the Minister of Interior: a Palestinian woman living in East Jerusalem for years in the framework of family unification procedures cannot be denied an upgrade in residency status, due solely to actions of her son
AP 13708-03-20 - Khatib et al. v. Israel Judgment
Judgment / District Court  |  13708-3-20  |  8.7.2020
The State’s appeal is rejected: Court reaffirms that Palestinians married to Jerusalemites cannot be denied temporary residency due to a gap in continuity of family-unification stay permits
Following HaMoked’s demand: the military amended the invasive terms of use of the mobile app enabling Palestinians to check the status of permit requests
In response to HaMoked’s petition: in a future public health emergency, the state undertakes to consider the unique circumstances of Palestinians undergoing family unification procedures who live in the Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the separation wall (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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