Today, B’Tselem and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, are publishing Perpetual Limbo , a report on ‘s policy freezing family unification for Palestinians in the
For almost six years, since the beginning of the second intifada, in September 2000, has forbidden Palestinians of the
The freeze policy severely infringes the right to marry and found a family of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians: spouses are unable to live under the same roof; children are forced to grow up in single-parent families; people do not leave the Occupied Territories because Israel will not allow them to return; women who are foreign residents live in the Occupied Territories with no legal status and thus face the constant threat of deportation.
contends that the freeze resulted from the intifada and the security situation. However, has never explained how the policy serves its security needs. Indeed, research suggests that is using the arbitrary and non-transparent freeze policy to advance forbidden demographic goals.
The report, it shou ld be noted, does not deal with family unification inside Israel , but rather with Palestinians wishing to live with their foreign spouses in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. holds exclusive power over the ability of these families to live together. Only can approve requests for family unification and visitor’s permits, given its control over the Palestinian population registry, and its control over the border crossings into the
In the report’s conclusion, B’Tselem and HaMoked urge the government of to immediately begin processing the requests for family unification and visitor’s permits.