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Family unification for a Jordanian citizen living in Wadi Hummus: the case of AH
32869-10-14 | 1895/09 | 8568/08 | documents: 6  |  Updates: 4 AH, a Jordanian citizen, is married to RH who is an Israeli resident. The couple and their four children live in the village of Sur Bahir. In 1998, the Interior Ministry accepted the family unification application for AH and gave her the status of temporary residency in Israel. A year later, the family moved to their new home in Wadi Hummus, the south east section of Sur Bahir, some 250 meters outside the municipal boundary of Jerusalem.

In June 2001, the Interior Ministry decided to terminate the couple's family unification process, claiming they live outside the municipal borders of Jerusalem. The couple found out only in 2005, when they visited the Interior Ministry. In August 2006, the couple reapplied for family unification, with abundant proof that they jointly maintain their center of life in Jerusalem. The Interior Ministry rejected this application.

It should be noted that courts addressed the status of Wadi Hummus in Jerusalem in two general legal proceedings: local residents petitioned against the planned route of the separation wall which was about to bissect the village of Sur Bahir. The petition was accepted and the route was shifted to the east of Wadi Hummus. In another proceeding, the Labor Court ruled that the residents of Wadi Hummus should be regarded as maintaining a center of life in Israel.

Following the refusal, the couple petitioned the Jerusalem District Court. The court accepted the petition and ruled that the couple's center of life should be viewed as being in Israel. The Interior Ministry appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. The court accepted the appeal, but ordered the parties to reach an agreement before it renders its judgment. The Interior Ministry then conceded to accept a new application for family unification. It approved it in February 2011.


AP 32869-10-14 - Hamada et al. v. Population Immigration and Border Authority Judgment
Judgment / District Court  |  32869-10-14  |  25.12.2014
AP 32869-10-14 - Hamadah et al. v. Population Immigration and Border Authority Administrative Statement of Response
Response to Appeal  |  32869-10-14  |  4.12.2014
AP 32869-10-14 - Hamadah et al. v. Population Immigration and Border Authority Administrative Petition
Administrative Petition  |  32869-10-14  |  22.10.2014
AAA 1895/09 - Hamadah et al. v. The Ministry of the Interior et al. Decision
Judgment / Supreme Court  |  1895/09  |  29.6.2009
AAA 1895/09 - Ministry of the Interior v. Hamadah et al. Notice of Appeal and Motion to Delay Implementation of Judgment
Appeal  |  1895/09  |  1.3.2009
The Ministry of the Interior appeals the Administrative Court's decision, following a petition, to approve a family unification application by the petitioners. The Ministry claims that the applicants' place of residence outside Israel, since they live in a neighborhood of Sur Bahir which is located outside Jerusalem's municipal limits. The Ministry repeats its claims that the applicant is a for...
AP 8568/08 - Hamadah et al. v. State of Israel - Ministry of Interior et al. Judgment
Judgment / District Court  |  8568/08   |  26.1.2009
Judgment in a petition against the Interior Ministry's refusal of an application for family unification submitted by a permanent resident of Israel, who lives in Wadi Humus, a neighborhood of Sur Bahir which is located outside of Jerusalem's municipal limits. The Court accepted the petitioners' position, that the Attorney General's decision - that residents of the neighborhood have a center of...
Updates
29.12.2014
Court accepts HaMoked’s petition against Interior Ministry rejection of a family unification application: A wet toothbrush and some fresh bananas found in the family’s Wadi Hummus apartment are not enough to determine family claim of center-of-life in Jerusalem is false
29.7.2013
After a lengthy battle: children from the Wadi Hummus neighborhood will receive status outside the temporary order
7.7.2009
The Supreme Court took a first step towards ruling that residents of Wadi Hummus, a part of the village of Sur Bahir, will not be considered as having a center of life in Jerusalem, and therefore will not be included in the Israeli population registry: The Court gave HaMoked and the Ministry of the Interior a 60-day extension to resolve the appellants' individual cases
11.2.2009
Two petitions on behalf of two families who live in Wadi Hummus, a section of Sur Bahir - the Court accepted one petition and rejected the other: the first petition concerned the denial of a request to register children and the second – the denial of an application for family unification. In both cases the Interior Ministry claimed that the requests had been rejected since the families live out...
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