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Today: Nov 24, 2017

Israeli Interior Ministry Implements New Policy Concerning Family Reunification & Child Registration Applications

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has warned of the recent radical change in the Israeli Interior Ministry's policy regarding thousands of family reunification & child registration applications which has been refusing. The Interior Ministry is reconsidering its approval of pervious applications whose applicants have already been granted temporary residence permits.

A report issued by JCSER's legal unit noted that the most prominent development in these procedures is the refusal of large numbers of family reunification and child registration applications for 'security reasons'. These procedures were not previously applied.

The report noted that these procedures reflects a qualitative change in the Interior Ministry's March 2002 policy to 'freeze' action on all Palestinian residents' family reunification applications, while it sends notifications to Palestinian citizens who previously obtained temporary residence permits, and preliminary approvals of family reunification applications, under the pretext of 'security', namely the arrest of relatives in connection with 'security reasons'.

The report noted that these procedures are applied not only to family reunification applicants from the West Bank, but also to Palestinian Jerusalemites married to Palestinians from the West Bank and the Interior Ministry is refusing to register their children on their ID cards for 'security reasons'.

These new procedures include large numbers of Palestinian Jerusalemites, whose residency permits have been withdrawn last year. The Interior Ministry confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of Palestinian Jerusalemites who have lost their residency right by 500% - estimated at 1,363 citizens from previous years.

JCSER Director General said, 'This number of Jerusalemites includes family supporters, which means that thousands of citizens have lost their residency right, in addition to over 20,000 Jerusalemites who have lost their residency right since the ID card confiscation policy was adopted in 1995 during the era of Israeli Interior Ministry at the time Hayeem Ramon, followed by Interior Minister Eliyahu Swisa.'

He revealed that these procedures are parallel to the implications resulted from Israel's construction of the 'Apartheid Wall' around Jerusalem and the surrounding neighborhoods over some 20,000 Palestinian citizens from the West Bank who are married to Palestinian Jerusalemites, who have been residing in suburbs located within Jerusalem's municipal boundaries and were forced to move to Ar-Ram, Al-Izzariyya, Abu Dis, Bethlehem & Ramallah, while some families have chosen to separate or reside in Jerusalem & West Bank.

'Isolating and taking out entire Jerusalemite neighborhoods, with a population of over 100,000, from the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem as a result of Israel's construction of the 'Apartheid Wall', will significantly contribute to aggravating the suffering of thousands of Jerusalemite families, who may lose their right to residency after seven years under the pretext of residing outside the boundaries of the Wall,' he confirmed.

He added, 'What is being implemented in silence aims at getting rid of the so-called the Palestinian 'demographic danger' in Jerusalem, in return for enhancing the presence of Israeli Jewish settlements built on East Jerusalem's land.'