MSD Legal Clinic


The efforts of the legal clinic team culminated recently with success in the reunification of two Palestinian families after suffering for many years due to occupation policies and procedures in preventing theirunification and the continuous rejection from the Ministry of Interior to their applications during the past twenty years, where the citizen Farrah addressed the legal clinic on 14/12/2013and stated that since 1994, he filed many requestsfor the family unification of his wife and the most recent one was in 2012. So he addressed MSD legal clinic and after his file was studied by the LC team; it turned out that the family unification request was rejected bythe Ministry of Interior (for security reasons),and after following up the file by the legal clinic team, all arguments of the rejection of the unification that they had were refuted until they got the approval on the family unification request and his wife was granted her residency rights after a suffering that lasted for more than 20 years.

As for the citizen Ghaith, he addressed MSD LC on 1/10/2013, Ghaith is a Jerusalemite with a Jerusalemite identity card but his wife holds aWest Bankidentity card, the lawyer from the legal clinic submitted a request of family unification of his wife to the Ministry of Interior, and after an intensive follow up from the team of the legal clinic, they got the approval on their request from the Ministry of Interior and a date was scheduled on 30/4/2014 to receive the residency.

Al-Maqdese also received since the beginning of the year dozens of cases, as most of them were related to the Ministry of the Interior (children registration, identity withdrawals and family unification) and other issues related to the National Insurance Institute, the Municipality and labor issues and cases, as during this period, MSD was able to address many of the issues related to reducing the Arnona tax.

It is worth noting that despite the continuous updates related to the law of citizenships and other obstacles related to the cases of unification, the Legal Clinic follows up dozens of issues and cases in this area andalso addresses issues related to permits to enter Jerusalem and temporaryresidencypermits, as since its establishment in 2008, the LC provided thousands of consultations and legal services to cope with various situations and issues faced by Palestinians in Jerusalem regarding various Israeli departments, especially the Ministry of Interior and the National Insurance Institute, as some of these cases include registering children in their parents identity cards, modifying the currents status of the citizenfrom single to married, issuing permits,  filling requests for family unification and reunification and following up on themwith the Ministry and sendingvariousletters in order to change the status and conditions of citizens.