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AAA 3268/14 - Al-Haq v. Minister of Interior Judgment
Judgment | 3268/14 | 14.3.2017

Acceptance of a petition against the State's intention not to restore the status of a resident of Jerusalem who immigrated to the US with his family as a minor and returned to Jerusalem as an adult. The Court rules that the status of residents of Jerusalem is unique as indigenous inhabitants of the city, and revoked status can be restored. The Justices added that the affinity to Israel of the residents of East Jerusalem, as native inhabitants and unlike immigrants, is so deep that even if their Israeli status “expires” following transfer of “center of life” abroad, the Minister of Interior must give considerable weight to “the unique position of these residents… as people who were born in this area – and sometimes their parents and parents’ parents were also born here – and who have been maintaining in it family and community life for years”.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision: the Israeli status of East Jerusalem residents is unique by virtue of the fact that they were born here; therefore, an expired residency status may be restored
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
HaMoked to the Ministry of Interior: grant legal status to the minor children of residents of East Jerusalem while their status reinstatement is being examined (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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