Israelís Supreme Court Upholds Limit On Family Reunifications [View all]
January 12, 2012
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Supreme Court voted by a narrow margin to uphold a law that prevents Israelis who marry Palestinians from living in Israel.
The panel of judges late Wednesday evening rejected a lawsuit against the Citizenship Law by a vote of 6 to 5.
The majority opinion justices wrote in their ruling that they recognize the constitutional right for family reunification, but said that the reunification does not have to occur inside Israel.
The Citizenship Law was passed in 2003. Under the law, a West Bank Palestinian may only obtain citizenship if he can prove that he identifies with the State of Israel or has made a contribution to Israel's security. A Palestinian husband must be at least 36 years of age or a Palestinian wife must be at least 26 for family reunification, according to Haaretz.