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Today: Oct 23, 2017

289 Jerusalem ID Cards Confiscated 133 New Family Reunification Applications Received 6,500 Jerusalemite Children Registered in the Population Registry

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During the year 2003, the Israeli Ministry of the Interior annulled the permanent residency permit (ID card confiscation) of 273 Palestinian Jerusalemites, in return for restoring the permanent residency status of 83 Palestinian Jerusalemites whose ID cards have previously been confiscated.

JCSER obtained these data from the person in charge of providing the public with the Interior Ministry's information in Occupied East Jerusalem.

The letter reads, 'Any resident of East Jerusalem and who left the city and settled abroad for a period of seven years or more, or obtained the nationality of another country, or a permanent residency and decided to return to his/her country, he/she can restore his/her ID card after settling in the country for a minimum period of two years.'

JCSER lawyer Dina Shibli said, 'With regard to the family reunification issue, according to the information we obtained from the Interior Ministry, 133 family reunification applications were accepted by the population registry in East Jerusalem following the Israeli government's May 2002 decision to 'freeze' action on all Palestinian Jerusalemites' family reunification applications. Of these, only seven family reunification applications were for Palestinian residents of the occupied territories.'

She added, 'as for the annulment of the permanent residency status (confiscation of ID cards), a total of 16 Jerusalem ID cards have been confiscated until mid-June 2004, in return for restoring 41 ID cards for Palestinian Jerusalemites whose ID cards have previously been confiscated. The number of ID cards that have been confiscated during 2006 until June 2004 has risen to 289 cards, and 124 ID cards restored during the same period.'

With regard to the registration of Jerusalemite children in the population registry, a total of 6,500 children have been registered during 2003. This figure includes Jerusalemite children whose one of their parents does not hold a permanent residency permit; in other words, one of the parents is not a resident of the state of Israel.

According to the instructions adopted by the Israeli Interior Ministry, the applicant who brings all the necessary papers and documents can have his son registered immediately.

 

As for the child born abroad and one of his parents resides in the country - who holds a Jerusalem ID card - while the other parent does not hold a Jerusalem ID card, the parent who holds a Jerusalem ID card is required to apply for the population registry department to obtain a permanent residency permit for his child.

Services Provided Via Post Office:

In his reply to the inquiry memo with regard to the nature of services provided by the Interior Ministry to Palestinian Jerusalemites via post office, without the need to go the Interior Ministry's offices in East Jerusalem, services provided can be summarized as follows:

  • Extending the period of the entry permit;
  • Renewing the entry permit after the elapse its expiry date;
  • Obtaining birth certificate;
  • ID cards of the parents' child who was born in Israel and whose parents lived in Israel permanently;
  • Birth certificate for those who died in Israel;
  • Registration summary according to the population registry in Israel;
  • Details about the traveler;
  • Extending the Israeli passport.

A former report issued by the director of the population registry department at the Interior Ministry referred to the way in which the Interior Ministry deals with the applications submitted by more than 200,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites. He tried to justify the bureaucratic procedures adopted by the Interior Ministry regarding these applications.

The report reads, 'unlike other Interior Ministry's offices, the Interior Ministry's office in East Jerusalem deals with applications that require constant follow-up of the files.

He added, 'One of the central problems faced by the Interior Ministry's office is the large number of applications that should be processed, causing a delay in replying to and dealing with the applications. Other problems include the lack of a proper building, and shortage of employees, given the fact that the number of employees at the Interior Ministry's office in East Jerusalem is no more than 30. Some of the employees work within a specified program, others are on a part-time, and others work on a temporary or permanent basis and supervise the provision of services to more than 200,000.

According to old data published by the Center, hundreds of Jerusalem ID cards have been confiscated, distributed as follows:

  • In 1995, 91 ID cards;
  • In 1996; 739 ID cards;
  • In 1997, 1,067 ID cards;
  • In 1998, 788 ID cards;
  • In 1999, 414 ID cards;
  • In 2000, 307 ID cards.

According to JCSER, the decrease in the number of ID cards confiscated during the past years does not reflect the a radical change in the policy of the Interior Ministry, relying on the findings of the investigations conducted by the national insurance teams, who over the past few months have intensified living outside the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem.

House Demolitions by the Israeli Interior Ministry:

Over the past two years and a half, the Interior Ministry demolished 60 Palestinian houses: 9 were demolished during 2002, 33 during 2003, and 18 during 2004.

During 2003, the District Committee emerged from the Interior Ministry submitted 56 bills of indictment against Palestinian Jerusalemites accused of building without building permits, and 26 submitted until mid June 2004.