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13 Nov. 2005: High Court demands that the State Attorney's Office substantiate its claim of connection between family unification and terrorism

In a hearing held in the High Court of Justice on 8 November regarding the petition filed by Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel opposing the recent amendment to the Nationality Law, Supreme Court President Aharon Barak demanded that the State Attorney's Office file, within five days, a supplemental response that delineates, "regarding persons who were given a status to stay in Israel pursuant to family unification and were involved in terrorist activity, how many were men, how many were women, and how old they were when they took part in such activity."

President Barak's demand follows the State Attorney's Office's continuing ambiguity regarding these figures. This ambiguity is also evident in the response that the State Attorney's Office filed with the court two days earlier.

The amendment, which the Knesset enacted on 27 July 2005, is intended to restrict family unification between citizens and residents of Israel (including East Jerusalem) and Palestinians from the Occupied Territories. The amendment does not apply to Israel citizens who seek a legal status for their foreign spouses who come from other places in the world. The amendment is a revised version of a temporary order that has been in effect since 2003.