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Today: Aug 17, 2017

JCSER Forces Interior Ministry to Regard Previously Filed Family Reunification Applications as Valid

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has obtained a decision from the Israeli Central Court forcing the Interior Ministry to regard existing family reunification applications as valid even if they were filed more than a year. According to the decision, applicants who previously submitted applications need not file new ones. Since the Interior Ministers March 2002 decision to freeze action on Palestinian family reunification applications, the Ministry has been refusing to accept new applications. The freeze was approved by the Israeli government in May 2002.

JCSER lawyer Ziad Qawar said, The Israeli Courts decision relates to Asem Abu Sneineh, who applied for family reunification in 1996 and continued to follow up on the application until 2000. In 2002, he received a notice from the Ministry stating its refusal of the application in accordance with the Interior Ministers March 2002 decision to freeze action on all such applications.

As a result, we submitted a petition to the Central Court requesting it to force the Interior Ministry to study the old application, since it was submitted before 31 March 2002 [before the Interior Ministers decision.] On 8 March 2004, a court session was held, during which the attorney general said that he would issue a decision against the Interior Ministry if no procedures are taken with regard to examining family reunification applications, since entering the Ministrys office in East Jerusalem is extremely difficult. Since applying for family reunification is not allowed, it is illogical and illegal to examine the old ones to force applicants to apply new ones.

Mr. Qawar went on to say, During a court session held last Wednesday, 25 March 2004, the judge issued a decision confirming the illegality of the Interior Ministers decision, which was circulated among the Ministrys staff, to refuse new applications. Therefore, Asem Abu Sneinehs application, which was submitted over a year earlier, remains valid and the Ministry should examine it.

Mr. Qawar regards the court decision regarding Asem Abu Sneineh as very important, since it enables hundreds of Palestinian Jerusalemite families to ask that the Interior Ministry review their applications.