Population transfer and residency right

Engineering Community: Family Unification, Entry Restrictions and other Israeli Policies of Fragmenting Palestinians

This report broadly examines how Israel has defined belonging to mandate Palestine, and has sought to diminish Palestinian presence through an array of targeted, systematic policies and practices. 

Settling Area C: The Jordan Valley Exposed

The Jordan Valley comprises over a fifth of the territory of the West Bank and contains vital land reserves for the natural expansion of Palestinian towns and cities. It has abundant water resources – including one-third of the underground water reserves in the West Bank – and has vast potential for agricultural, industrial and tourism industries. The economic development of the Jordan Valley is considered essential for Palestinian growth and recovery and is therefore crucial for the sustainability and viability of an independent Palestinian State.

Plight of Palestinian Bedouin depicts impact of illegal Israeli occupation and practices in Palestinian Territory

The Bedouin were from the Jahalin tribe. They originally made their home in the Negev, where they lived their nomadic life in tents, raising their goats and occasionally occupying themselves with seasonal agriculture. In 1950 the Israeli army pushed them out and they re-established themselves at the edge of the wilderness, just by Jerusalem, on land belonging to the Arab tribe of Abu Dees. They continued living in their tents, moving eastward in Winter to a warmer region, where they stayed until early spring, leaving only after their goats had given birth and the young had grown big enough to move on. But when in 1976 a handful of Israeli settlers founded the new settlement of Maaleh Adumin, the Jahalin had to be evicted again. They put up a protracted struggle to hold on to the land where they had been living for over two decades. The case went to the Israeli High Court, which, as usual, after taking its time, produced a long carefully drafted impressive decision that favoured the state.

Where Villages Stood: Israel’s Continuing Violations of International Law in Occupied Latroun, 1967-2007.

Located in the Latroun enclave of the West Bank, north-west of Jerusalem, these three Palestinian villages were razed to the ground by the Israeli army upon its occupation of the area in June 1967, despite the fact that it was met with no resistance. The study presents revealing information unearthed in Israeli government archives, demonstrating the intent behind this destruction. The civilian residents of the villages, numbering up to 10,000, were forcibly transferred out of the area. Over 40 years later, and despite repeated attempts, the villagers have been prevented from returning to their land to rebuild their houses and their lives. They remain displaced in the West Bank, Jordan, and beyond.


In April 2002, al-Nu’man’s residents were verbally informed that the village lay adjacent to the planned route of the Wall. Shortly after, a preliminary road was built along the route of the Wall. The road to al-Nu’man from the neighbouring West Bank village of al-Khas was destroyed, as were the village water pipes. One year later, in April 003, residents received a visit from a man purportedly working as a liaison between Israeli government ministries and residents of areas affected by the Wall. This man, who identified himself as Davier Kahana, showed them maps of the Wall route and bypass roads that would cut through the village. He informed the villagers that there would be no gate in the Wall, meaning they would have no access to either the West Bank or Jerusalem, and told them that the electricity and water supplies to the village would soon be cut. He suggested that in light of these circumstances, residents would be better served to move away from the village.

Israel's Deportations and Forcible Transfers of Palestinians out of the West Bank during the Second Intifada

This occasional paper examines the legality, under international law, of two forms of deportations or forcible transfers of Palestinians out of the West Bank adopted by the Israeli government since the outbreak of the second intifada in September 2000. The two case studies are the Church of the Nativity siege in April-May 2002 and the "assigned residence" policy of expelling West Bank Palestinians to the Gaza Strip since August 2002.

The Forced Transfer of Kifah & Intissar Ajuri

This paper examines the forced transfer of Kifah and Intissar Ajuri from their residence in the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. In what the Israeli High Court of Justice terms "assigned residence," forced transfer is allegedly made legitimate under the law of occupation. Al-Haq assess this policy in light of international law, in effect revealing the contradictions and shortcomings of the Israeli judicial system.

An Illusion Of Legality: A Legal Analysis of Israel's Mass Deportation of Palestinians on 17 December 1992

On 17 December 1992, Israeli authorities deported 415 Palestinians to Southern Lebanon. This paper analyses the legality of the Israeli practice of deporting Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and explains how this mass deportation entailed even more human rights abuses than had previously been the case. It includes an analysis of how the Israeli High Court of Justice supports this illegality, and how Israeli authorities have been permitted to act beyond the boundaries of international law.

Application Denied: Separated Palestinian Families Tell Their Stories

This report documents 15 personal accounts of spouses and parents who are denied family reunification by Israeli authorities. Each case illustrates one family's story of separation and failed attempts of reunification, thus illustrating an Israeli policy which violates the fundamental Palestinians' right to live with their family in their homeland.

The Right to Unite: The Family Reunification Question in the Palestinian Occupied Teritories: Law and Practice

This paper examines the policy of the Israeli authorities towards the question of family reunification for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in light of international and local law. It includes a historical background, as well as a review of the scope and nature of the problem as exists today.

Israel's Deportation Policy in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza

This paper examines Israel's reintroduction of a policy of deportations aimed against Palestinian residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territories between 1985 and 1986. It contains a historical background of deportation, the deportation procedure used or revived by the Israeli authorities, and the targeting, timing and justification of the deportation policy in light of international law.

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