We need your support to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can continue to hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Israel and Palestine: West Bank

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on family life, further education and emigration of travel restrictions on residents of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Palestinian diaspora.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We remain deeply concerned about the impact of travel restrictions on family life, further education and emigration.

Palestinians from East Jerusalem risk losing their permanent right to live in East Jerusalem if they cannot prove residency for the previous seven years. Records show that more than 13,000 Palestinians have lost their Jerusalem residency status since the annexation by Israel in 1967, including students who have been studying abroad.

Palestinians in the diaspora are not allowed to enter the Occupied Palestinians Territories without approval from the Israeli authorities. Since 2000 there has been a freeze on family reunification permits, despite more than 120,000 requests being submitted to the Palestinian Authority as of October 2005.

We continue to monitor this situation closely and raise our concerns as necessary.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.