Israeli Supreme Court Requests that Army Reconsiders Family Reunification Restrictions

Qalandyia checkpoint in the West Bank. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

The Israeli Supreme Court has called on the Israeli army and the Ministry of Interior to reconsider restrictions imposed on family reunification for Palestinians living in the West Bank.

The court further asked for the reconsideration of any military order that conflicts with human rights and agreements signed by Israel.

Palestinians living in other countries and who have families in the West Bank face numerous difficulties when applying to visit the area.

Many have been detained or denied entry into the area, or have been asked to pay huge amounts of money as a guarantee that they would leave the West Bank when their permits expire.

In response to these difficulties faced by Palestinians, the court asked yesterday to remove restrictions and reconsider military orders issued in 1967 by Israel.

This followed an appeal by a Palestinian lawyer against assumptions by Israeli officers that these Palestinians in exile would stay in the West Bank if they are given permits to visit their families.

(PC, Palestine Now)

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