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Israel and Palestine

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel on the rights of mixed-residency-status couples in East Jerusalem.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Whilst Israeli nationality law and immigration into Israel are primarily matters for the Israeli government and parliament, we have concerns about the implications of the Nationality and Entry into Israel law for the families of Arab Israelis, and particularly, Palestinian permanent residents in East Jerusalem who have married, or wish to marry, Palestinians from the West Bank or Gaza. In many cases the law has made it difficult or impossible for Palestinians to get permission to join their spouses or parents in East Jerusalem, which we regard as occupied territory. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv regularly raise these and related concerns with the Israeli authorities.

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