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JCSER: Restrictions on Registration of Jerusalemite Children Continue & Financial Penalties Imposed on Jerusalemites Accused of 'Illegal Building' Intensified

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A report issued by JCSER's Legal Unit stated that the Israeli Interior Ministry has continued to impose strict measures on applications regarding the registration of Jerusalemite children. According to the new citizenship law, the Interior Ministry prevents Jerusalemite citizens to apply for the registration of their children over 14 years of age, and orders to apply family reunification applications for all children registered in the PNA population registry, in order to grant them later a two-year temporary residency permits, during which period they have to prove their 'center of life' in Israel.

The unit noted that the registration of Jerusalemite children is connected to a more complicated issue, which is the family reunification for Jerusalemite wives married to citizens from the West Bank or nearby Arab countries. The issue was further complicated after the new citizenship law was issued in early August 2005.

According to the citizenship law, Palestinian males under 35 years of age and Palestinian females under 25 years of age are forbidden from applying family reunification applications to obtain residency permits.

However, the new law stated that all family reunification applications submitted before 12 May 2002 will be processed without obtaining blue ID cards. Instead, the applicant will be granted a permit or residency which he / she used to obtain before submitting the application.

Not only did the Israeli occupation forces issue the law, but they also submitted a proposal to the Israeli Knesset Parliament on 16 July 2006 to amend the 'Law of Entry' to Israel. The proposal stated: 'A family reunification is not granted to every person who stays inside Israel without a permit for a period exceeding 30 days. Further restrictions will be imposed on granting a residency or entry permit to Israel, and new family reunification applications will not be accepted.'

The proposal was followed by another one to amend the new 'citizenship law', with the same obstacles and restrictions imposed on a family reunification. The new restrictions include the citizens of Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq, and therefore, family reunifications are not applied for them. The proposal gives the Israeli Interior Ministry wider authorities by preventing the submission of family reunification applications if he thinks that one of the applicant's relatives poses a threat to the security of Israel.

The report notes that the Israeli Interior Ministry has already began implementing this procedure by withdrawing temporary residencies and previous approvals of family reunifications for citizens whose one of their relatives have been arrested for security reasons.

The report noted that what contributed to expediting the implementation of these measures is the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in Israel, to reject cases submitted against the new citizenship law. The Supreme Court regards that the citizenship law does not violate human rights, if violates ' the violation is reasonable' in the current circumstances.

Building Violations:

The report refers to Israel's strict and harsh measures adopted in regard to the Palestinian construction in East Jerusalem. These include:

  • Doubling the number of bills of indictment issued against Palestinian Jerusalemites described as 'building laws violators';
  • Issuing administrative demolition orders against Palestinian houses, especially in the Old City of
  • Jerusalem, Silwan, areas adjacent to Jewish settlements, and areas which Israel considers sensitive areas archeologically and historically or prepared for building public projects, such as gardens and hospital.

With regard to building violations, Israeli courts intensified penalties imposed on building violators by imposing high fines, and reducing the periods given to them to obtain building permits.

Some courts issued imprisonment decisions against Palestinian Jerusalemites for not obtaining building permits despite applying for permits many years and were forced to build without permits, as a result, high fines were imposed on them afterwards.

JCSER Director General noted, 'imposing strict restrictions on Palestinian Jerusalemites in regard to the registration of children and building violations is part of the Israeli judaization policy in East Jerusalem for which it mobilizes all financial and legal possibilities. Over the past two years, it collected approximately 10 million shekels to implement house demolitions in Occupied East Jerusalem. It also succeeded in mobilizing the higher judicial committee by legitimizing illegal procedures, thus violating basic human rights.'