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Israel and Palestine: Family Reunification

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel on issues concerning permanent family reunification, both within the recognised frontiers of Israel and within the West Bank and Gaza; and what impact progress on such issues would have on the wider peace process. [HL1595]

We are concerned at the effect the Citizenship and. Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order) 2003. The law prevents the granting of residency status in Israel to most Palestinians from the Occupied Territories. The emergency order on which the current law is based expired on 16 January, but it has been extended for a further two months. In January 2007, an Israeli non-governmental organisation filed a petition to the Israeli High Court against the order. We also understand that the Government of Israel are considering new legislation dealing with this issue. We will continue to monitor events.

We are also concerned at Israeli practices which restrict entry into Israel for Palestinians who live outside Israel and the Occupied Territories and are married to Israeli citizens. We will raise our concerns with the Israeli Government.