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Maha Hijawi, Nablus resident, granted only one permit to visit relatives in her native Gaza since 2000

Maha Hijawi, 51 I was born in Gaza. I studied at a-Najah University in Nablus [the West Bank]. That’s where I met my husband. We got married in 1980 and I moved to Nablus to live with him there. I use
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Maisoun al-Haj ‘Ali and her children live in Gaza, while her husband works in the West Bank; they’ve seen him only once since 2008

Maisoun al-Haj ‘Ali I live with my four children – my daughters Aya, 11 and Inas, 8; and my sons Muhammad, 6, and Rami, 5 – in an apartment in a-Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. My husband, Ib
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Najah Hamdan was denied the chance to say her goodbyes to her parents in Gaza before they passed away

Najah Hamdan, 53 I was born in Gaza. My family lives in Jabalya refugee camp. Thirty-three years ago, I married a resident of Bethlehem and moved here. In the early years, there was no problem travell
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Nablus resident Asmaa Zaghlul describes the pain of living apart from her family in Gaza

Asmaa Zaghlul, 30 I met my husband, Amjad Zaghlul, in 2002. We happened to meet at a relative's house during a visit to Jordan. We kept in touch via the Internet and decided to get married. Our weddin
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‘Abir Sharaf, 48, lives with her husband in Nablus. She described how hard it is to be separated from her family in Gaza.

‘Abir Sharaf 48 I was born in Gaza City. In 1997 I and married a resident of Nablus. In 1999, I changed the address listed on my ID card from Gaza to Nablus. I visited my family in Gaza regularly, abo
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Fatmah Abu 'Issa, 70, lives in Jenin. She related how she much she misses her daughter in Gaza, where she cannot visit her, and tells of her fear that she many never see her again.

Fatmah Abu 'Issa, 70 I have 12 boys and girls. They all live here in Jeninm apart from my daughter Nibal who is 45. She married a man from Gaza and lives there with him. She and her husband, Yusri ‘Ab
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Nibal Mghari–native of Jenin; lives in Gaza with husband–sorely feels prolonged separation from her West Bank family

Nibal Mghari, 45 I was born in Jenin. In 1992, I married Yusri ‘Abdallah Mghari, a resident of the Gaza Strip. At the time, he was studying to be a math teacher at a-Najah University, Nablus [in the W
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Testimony: Israel prevents Gaza Christian and his Bethlehem fiancée from marrying, December 2009

'Issa Missak, owner of a clothing store I live with my sister in the Tel al-Hawa section of Gaza. For 15 years, I've had a clothing store in the center of the city. I am Christian, and every Christmas
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Testimony: Army deports Muhammad Abu Sultan to the Gaza Strip and prohibits him from rejoining his wife and children in Tulkarm, October 2009

Alaa Abu Sultan, 23 I am married and have three children: a son, Riad, who is three, and two daughters, Raja, who is six, and Riwa, who is two years old. In 2001, I married Muhammad Riad Shhadeh Abu S
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Testimony: Israel refuses to allow Nihayah Seif to visit her mother her ill mother in Jordan and return to her home in Tulkarm

Nihayah Seif, mother of two I was born in Kuwait . On 20 December 1996, I married '‘Amar Yassin, who is from Tulkarm. We got married and lived in Jordan and I gave birth there to our two children, Mun