Residency & family separation

Residency & family separation

Israel’s longstanding policy on family unification has practically prevented the unification of Palestinians who reside in the occupied territories with spouses who do not. The premise of this policy is that family unification is not an entitlement, but an act of goodwill on the part of Israel. Even after the signing of the Oslo accords and although other civil affairs were handed over to the Palestinian Authority, Israel has retained the power to authorize family unification. Since 2000, Israel has frozen family unification requests and has approved requests only as diplomatic gestures.

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