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Today: Sep 20, 2017

JCSER: Israel's Supreme Court decision to ban Palestinian family re-unification paves the way for the silent deportation of Palestinians

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Israeli Supreme Court rejected on January 11, 2012 all the petitions against amendment of the Israeli Citizenship Law that deprived the re-unification of Palestinian families.

The court decided in a 6-5 vote to uphold the Temporary Order of the law on family reunification Nationality and Entry into Israeli Law of 2003 which deprived the Palestinians who do not have Israeli residency or citizenship from uniting with their spouses who hold the Israeli citizenship or the permanent residency status.

JCSER believes that the court decision will pave the way for implementing the silent deportation of some 100,000 who applied since 1993 for family re-unification.

"By adopting this decision, the court has proved once again that it is a tool in the Israeli occupation apparatus that works on muscling Palestinians out of Jerusalem to secure the Jewish majority in the city which Israel works on converting into the eternal capital of the Jewish people," Ziad al-Hammouri of JCSER said.

The Temporary Order was modified in 2005 entitled wives over the age of 25 and husbands over the age of 35 to family unification, denying however a great number of Palestinians this right.

However, in 2007 Israeli court expanded the jurisdiction of the law, making it applicable to spouses from Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq as well as other areas on which the government was free to decide.

Under international law East Jerusalem is part of the occupied territories and its Palestinian population are considered protected persons. The Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is party, permits the occupying power to restrict the freedom of movement and housing of residents of the occupied territory only to protect them or for military necessity. The parties to this convention also undertake to assist as far as possible to reunify families separated by war (Article 26) and to respect family rights in all circumstances (Article 27), including, of course, the right to live together. Under Article 47, annexation of occupied territory does not deny its residents any of the benefits provided by the convention.

Moreover the right of persons to leave and return to their country is secured in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13.2) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Israel has signed (Articles 12.2 and 12.4). This covenant also stipulates that all persons lawfully within the territory of a State shall have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose their place of residence within that territory (Article 21.1). Israel, which views residents of East Jerusalem as foreigners, is obligated to also act in accordance with the provisions of Article 13, which stipulates that aliens may only be expelled in pursuance of a decision reached in accordance with law.