Israeli Permit Regime: Separation of Palestinian Families in Jerusalem
East Jerusalem faces similar push factors as “Area C” of the West Bank, in terms of settlement expansion, discriminatory road networks and closures, demolition and displacement issues, as well as other indirect push factors specific to Jerusalemites involving violations to their social-economic rights (i.e. child registration, family reunification, burdensome taxation, health insurance, etc.). These factors are collectively intended to create a coercive environment for Palestinians, forcing them to leave their city. These tactics, which are facilitated through discriminatory legislation, form part of Israel’s announced “2020 Master Plan” to sway demographics in the city to its favor.
This factsheet by hbs’ partner organization the Jerusalem Center for Human Rights (JCHR) explores the ways in which Israel’s permit regime in Jerusalem operates as part of its system of racial domination and oppression. It addresses issues such as family unification, residency revocation, and child registration. It also reviews relevant Israeli legislation and presents and analyzes figures provided by the Israeli Ministry of Interior.