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Israel revokes Jerusalem residency status of prisoner's wife

May 25, 2015 4:20 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2015 3:42 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have revoked the residency status of a Palestinian woman from East Jerusalem after having lived in the city for 23 years, less than two weeks after her husband was sentenced to nine months in an Israeli prison over activity on Facebook.

The Israeli Ministry of the Interior refused 43-year-old Muna Abdullah al-Shalabi's "family unification" application citing "security" reasons.

Her husband, Omar al-Shalabi, is the former secretary-general of Fatah in Jerusalem, and was earlier this month sentenced to nine months in an Israeli prison for allegedly inciting anti-Jewish violence and supporting "terror" in posts and comments on Facebook.

Muna al-Shalabi said that her ban from Jerusalem had been enacted to exert further pressure on her husband.

Israelis authorities claim that she was given the chance to defend her application in February but that she did not come forward, leading them to refuse it.

However, al-Shalabi denied that she had been given any earlier opportunity to challenge the ban, saying that she had not received any orders from the Ministry of the Interior before the most recent one.

She has been living in the al-Suwwana neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem since she married her Jerusalem-resident husband 23 years ago.

Until the ban, she had been allowed to live in East Jerusalem through the "family unification" application process.

The process requires "meticulous examinations that often [takes] several years to complete," and has been restricted to men aged 35 and women aged 25 since 2005, according to Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

B'Tselem reported that thousands of Palestinians "are denied the possibility of even submitting a request and cannot live with their spouses in Israel," adding that the process "violates the right of tens of thousands of persons to family life."

Al-Shalabi has been given 21 days to present her objections to the ban.

The residency status of 107 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem was revoked in 2014, adding to the14,309since 1967.
Comments
hassan / canada
too bad the husband decided to incite violence -
25/05/2015 17:39
JoeUSA / USA
And the one who decided to revoke the residency of an indigenous person is a foreign national born God only knows where....
25/05/2015 18:03
Yishai Kohen / Israel
She didn't live here before and she won't live here now. She can go back to her own village.
25/05/2015 19:03
Tibi / Tubas
There Should Be Consequences For Incitement Or Terrorism,
Which Should Be Harsh Enough To Serve As A Deterrent !!
25/05/2015 22:47
Arnold / Canada
How can you Palestinians continue to live with the PA and Hamas who love to see more and more of these stories. They prefer this news rather than discussing peace and tough concessions they would need to make to end the erosion of your land.
26/05/2015 00:46
spb / usa
now let's who the PA picks up the tab and pays the family 2600 shekels a month as a welfare subsidy.
Terrorists and criminals never get welfare benefit nor pension in any other country it is time Israel apply this rule too. No residency automatically revokes those benefits
26/05/2015 02:58
Dee / US
I was so glad to read about the European ME restaurant move to wipe out so-called "Israeli" foods (that they have stolen from Palestinians), and correctly labeling them as Palestinian food, i.e. hummus, pita, falafel etc. http://rt.com/op-edge/261869-israel-palestine-culture-rotterdam/ :)
26/05/2015 04:05
Dee / US
ftj's :)
26/05/2015 04:34
Jon / USA
Her husband sentenced for a facebook post!! Sounds like Germany in 1938. Her residency revocation is just another example of ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem by the Israelis. Maybe they should go back to Russia and Europe and leave Palestiine to the natives who have lived there for generations
26/05/2015 06:04
Marnie / Israel
The incitement to violence on "Jerusalem Day" and every day against Palestinians goes unpunished, of course. Jew on Palestinian violence is without consequences in the "only democracy in the ME". It's incredible to read the hate in the comments of some of the trolls here.
26/05/2015 10:11
ian / australia (1)
"It's incredible to read the hate in the comments of some of the trolls here" You get used to it, Marnie. Tibi, southparkbear and Arnold are just nasty children. Basically morons. But they perform the service of demonstrating that a case for Israel CAN'T be made. Not seriously. Or if it can,
26/05/2015 13:24
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) it never is here, because they're the ones making it.
26/05/2015 13:25
Michael Lesher / USA
One outrage atop another. First a politician is sent to prison for expressing his opinions -- he praised resistance against the illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, a right under international law -- and now his wife is illegally removed from her own city. Every day takes us farther from justice.
26/05/2015 14:15
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