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Revocation of status of a resident of East Jerusalem: the case of NH
documents: 0  |  Updates: 3 NH, a resident of Jerusalem, was married in 1980 and moved to live with her husband in the USA. Over the years, she had seven children and acquired American citizenship. She took care to maintain her ties with Jerusalem, her city of birth, and stayed in the city for long periods during her visits. In time, her relationship with her husband, who was violent towards her, deteriorated, and she divorced him. After her divorce, in 1995, NH decided to move back to Jerusalem on a permanent basis. Upon her return, she applied to the Ministry of Interior to arrange the status of her children in Israel.

Two and a half years later, and without giving her the right to a hearing, the Ministry of Interior refused her “family unification application” for her children and even revoked her own status in Israel. Following petitions she had filed to the Jerusalem Court for Administrative Affairs in 2005 and 2007, her case was brought before the interministerial committee on humanitarian affairs, which repeatedly rejected her applications. In the judgment issued in the petition from 2007, the court declined to intervene in the decision of the Ministry of Interior. Therefore, NH appealed the judgment.

HaMoked and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) requested to join the appeal proceedings as amicus curiae. In their request, the organizations held that the laws and case-law pertaining to the civil status of the East Jerusalem residents must be revisited. During the hearing, the state agreed to bring NH’s case once more before the interministerial committee. The organizations’ request was suspended.

NH has fallen victim to the policy of status revocation, implemented by the Ministry of Interior for years. In all her years of living in the USA, NH had formed no real connection to the place. Quite the opposite. She never grew accustomed to life in the USA, and never embraced it. It was, therefore, only natural that the dissolution of her marriage led her to move back to the only place to which she always had a definite connection – Jerusalem.

NH’s case was reviewed by the committee, but, at the time of writing (March 2011), a decision has not yet been delivered.


Updates
21.12.2017
The Supreme Court to the Minister of Interior: the permanent residency status of an East Jerusalem woman, revoked following her past relocation abroad, must be restored immediately
1.11.2016
The state keeps dragging its feet in a status reinstatement case: the Supreme Court warns that if no solution is found it will revisit the binding precedent on revocation of status of East Jerusalem residents
1.2.2010
HaMoked and ACRI apply to join proceedings as amicus curiae in an appeal of a judgment which sanctioned the revocation of residency of an East Jerusalemite: the laws pertaining to the civil status of the East Jerusalem residents must be reexamined
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