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Israel Eases Path to Citizenship for 20,000 East Jerusalem Palestinians

Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Following legal challenge, Interior Ministry agrees to implement 1968 clause that would make it faster and easier for young Palestinians to obtain Israeli citizenship.

Recently, East Jerusalem resident Khaled Shweiki applied for citizenship for himself and his family and was granted an appointment to start the process in two years. Attorneys Adi Lustigman, Hagar Schechter and Tamir Blank filed a petition with the Jerusalem District Court, arguing that the long wait for the appointment would not allow Shweiki’s son to file a request under Article 4a, because by then he would be older than 21. As part of the legal process of dealing with the petition, the Interior Ministry was forced to provide the guidelines.


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