Documentary: Policy Separates Palestinian Families




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Published on Sep 24, 2007

Part 2 of 2: Since the beginning of the second intifada, Israel has frozen family unification in cases in which one of the spouses is a foreign resident. In addition, Israel has ceased issuing visitor's permits, which enabled families to live together legally in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
As a result of the freeze policy, tens of thousands of foreign spouses of Palestinians, mostly women, have faced a cruel choice: leave the Occupied Territories and not be allowed to return to their spouses and children, or stay illegally, without a status and under constant threat of deportation, making them prisoners in their own villages and homes.

B'Tselem is an Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


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