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Separation of Families - 1998-2000 Statistics

Since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada on 29 September 2000, all family unification procedures have ceased. The PA accepts new requests but Israel does not process them. Only in rare cases does Israel approve such requests.

Beginning in 2000, the annual quota for family unification stood at 4,000 requests. Prior to 2000, the annual quota had been 2000. The PA selects 4000 requests from those submitted to it and forwards them to Israel for approval.

According to the head liaison office in the PA (the CAC), at the beginning of December 1999, the PA had 24,000 requests for family unification waiting to be included within the quotas. (Data: HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual)

In 1999, Israel approved 3,000 requests for family unification, 2,000 in fulfilling the quota and 1,000 in implementation of the Wye Agreement. Fifty other requests were approved for the following year for family unification in the Canada Camp in the Gaza Strip. This number is in addition to the 132 households that were allowed to return to the Gaza Strip from Canada Camp. (Data: Coordinator of Government Operations in the Territories)

In 1999, 64,000 visitors entered the Occupied Territories with visitor's permits.

In 1998, there were 46,887 family visits to the West Bank and 19,352 to Gaza.