Just the Facts: Family Unification

Understanding Family Unification: Just the Facts…
  • Israel controls immigration into both Israel and the occupied Paletinian territories.
  • Israel’s control over the Palestinian population registry effectively means that it can decide to whom status gets granted in Palestine.
  • The last batch of IDs Israel granted was in 2009.
  • Under the Law of Return, “every Jew has the right to come to” Israel.
  • However, the rights of Palestinian citizens in Israel, and of their spouses and their
  • children are limited.
  • 140,000 families were divided as a result of the 1967 war.
  • Between 1967 and 1994, Israel also cancelled the residency status of 130,000 Palestinian residents of the West Bank.
  • From 1994 to 2014, 11,448 Palestinians from East Jerusalem had their IDs revoked by Israel.
  • Between 2000 and 2005 alone, 120,000 requests for family unification were not considered by Israel.
  • As “permanent residents,” Palestinians in East Jerusalem have to continually prove that their “center of life” is in the city, or they could have their ID revoked by Israel.
  • Israel’s family reunification ban was passed in 2003 as a “temporary” security measure in the wake of the Second Intifada.
  • The reunification ban has been renewed annually every year since.
  • While the Knesset failed to extend the Citizenship and Entry to Israel Law in July 2021, the Israeli Ministry of the Interior is still refusing to process family reunification applications.

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