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Child registration in the Palestinian population registry: the case of AM
documents: 0  |  Updates: 1 AM was born in Jordan to MM, a Palestinian man, registered in the population registry of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

In June 2006, MM's brother went to the Palestinian Ministry of Interior in Hebron to apply for visitor permits for MM and his family for the purpose of child registration, including that of AM who was days away from turning 16, the cap age for OPT child registration. The request was denied on account of the Israeli boycott of the Palestinian Authority, then in effect. HaMoked appealed to the military legal advisor for the West Bank to intervene in the matter, but the response received it, stated that permit requests for the purpose of child registration were only processed if received via a "low rank Palestinian official, unassociated with Hamas". It continued to advise that a new request be submit in haste, while adding it was doubtful whether it would be processed inside the short time left.

In the following months, HaMoked continued to appeal to the legal advisor's office to act in the matter. A year after it first applied, HaMoked received another response of the legal advisor's office, which again specified the rank through which the request must be transferred, and noted that it was only because of her parents' negligence that AM remained unlisted in the Palestinian population registry. It should be noted, from October 2000 to September 2005, and again from April to December, 2006, Israel imposed a process freeze which denied any possibility of obtaining OPT visitor permits for child registration or otherwise. It was the freeze policy which prevented MM from registering his daughter beforehand.

In October 2007, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice to order the registration of AM, regardless of the fact she had already turned 16. In its response, the military repeated it arguments and demanded to dismiss the petition. In June 2010, following the court hearing of the case, the state announced its willingness to accept a new request for AM's entry for registration, and in October, AM finally received a Palestinian identity card. In May 2011, the court ordered the state to pay the petitioners' costs in the sum of ILS 7,500.

The Supreme Court orders the state to pay NIS 7,500 in trial costs: the military permitted a 16 year old Palestinian to enter the West Bank for her registration in the population registry only after HaMoked’s petition (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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