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Today: Aug 20, 2017

Palestinian Jerusalemite Family Regains Permanent Residency in Occupied Jerusalem

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) was recently able to restore Jerusalem identification cards to the family of Fahmi Khalil Al-Kalouti, a Palestinian resident of Occupied Jerusalem. The familys ID cards had been confiscated in 1996; the Israeli authorities had justified the seizure by claiming that the family had been living outside the city for more than twenty years.

JCSER lawyer Samer Sulaiman, who followed up the case, said, Mr. Al-Kalouti approached the Center on 22 October 2002 seeking legal advice after the Interior Ministry had repeatedly refused to restore the familys ID cards, which had been confiscated in 1996.

After studying the case and examining the Ministrys claims by which it attempted to justify its confiscation of the family members ID cards - we sent a preliminary memo to the Interior Ministry on 12 November 2003. With the memo, we attached all the necessary documents and papers that proved my client had been living in Jerusalem for more than nine years, as well as documents proving that - during his stay abroad - he used to come to Jerusalem every year before the expiry of the permit, in order to maintain his residency rights.

One month later, we received a reply from the Ministry asking us to clarify the obstacles to Mr. Al-Kalouti visiting its office in order to request the restoration of his ID card. The Ministry also requested documentation of his salary, and a permit from the Kupat Holim Patients Fund, he added.

In reply, JCSER provided all of the requested documents, and a letter outlining the reasons Mr. Al-Kalouti had been unable to enter the Ministry, despite repeated attempts to do so. Like many Palestinian Jerusalemites, Mr. Al-Kalouti was turned away on several attempts, after waiting in line for many hours. Since he could not afford to hire a private lawyer, Mr. Al-Kalouti was finally forced to approach the Center in order to obtain legal advice.

On 7 March 2004, another memo was sent by JCSER, asking the Ministry to expedite the case and restore the clients ID card. In the wake of this memo, Mr. Al-Kalouti was called to the Ministry, where he was questioned twice. During the second interrogation, he was informed of the Ministrys approval of the restoration of the ID cards to six of the family members - the father, mother, and four of the children while it will review the possibility of granting ID cards to two additional children who have reached 16 years of age.

The Ministrys decision to restore the Al-Kaloutis ID cards in less than four months came after continued, intensive legal follow-up of the case, and is an achievement from which hundreds of Palestinian Jerusalemites whose ID cards have been confiscated may benefit, said Mr. Sulaiman.