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Closed Society: November 28, 2012

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The Immigration and Population Authority has issued a new procedure, under which a stateless person may seek to be recognized as such by the state without fear of arrest, but will be denied social rights for over 10 years from the date of the request. (Haaretz)

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November 28th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Closed Society: November 14, 2012

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The Ministry of Interior refuses to extend the residence permit of Cecilia Viligoda, a Sri Lankan citizen who is in a romantic relationship with Bnei Brak resident Yigal Vardi, claiming that the relationship between the two is an “employer-employee” relationship and that the sincerity of the relationship has not been proven. (Haaretz)

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November 14th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Closed Society: November 3, 2012‎

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On June 14, the Interior Ministry issued a regulation according to which an Israeli citizen can only apply to arrange residency status for a foreign-born partner if the latter entered the country legally. This regulation affects couples of Israelis and African refugees, threatening the refugees with imprisonment or deportation. On September 13, the regulation was rescinded following several petitions submitted to the courts and the Ministry of Inteior, but the affected couples were not informed of the change.

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November 3rd, 2012 at 9:35 am

Military and Security Forces: July 13‎‏‎, 2012‎

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Central Command Chief, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, issued a new order allowing inspectors from the Interior Ministry’s enforcement unit, called Oz unit, to remove any foreigners found in the West Bank without a permit, including in area A. This step was struck down in the past by the High Court of Justice, on the grounds that the Interior Ministry inspectors do not have authority in the West Bank.

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July 13th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Political: July ‎‏7‏‎, 2012‎

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While the law for regulating Bedouin communities in the  Negev is still in the process of preparation by Minister Benny Begin (Likud) and Knesset committees, and will probably be presented only at the end of the summer due to pending High Court of Justice pleas, the government is already preparing to implement it. A month ago the border committee of the Ministry of the Interior discussed the new borders of Bedouin communities in preparation for the new regulation – authorising some communities, and removing residents of others to approved towns. The EU has issued an unprecedented resolution calling on Israel to withdraw the Bedoin regulation plan, called the Prawer plan.

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July 7th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Closed Society: June 20, 2012

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The Ministry of Interior refuses to grant residency status to a migrant labourer from the Philippines based on her lesbian relationship with an Israeli citizen. (Haaretz)

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June 20th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Closed Society: June 20, 2012

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Human rights organizations filed a High Court petition to stop a plan by the Interior and Welfare Ministries to return to their families 20 migrant children who were removed from their parents’ custody due to neglect or abuse, and to deport the families. (Ynetnews)

Closed Society: June 15, 2012‎

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The Immigration Unit of the Ministry of Interior jailed a South Sudanese man on the day he submitted a request to delay his expulsion from Israel due to his medical condition. The man has AIDS and his medical condition is critical. During the two days since his imprisonment in Givon prison, he has not received adequate medical care.

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June 15th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Judiciary: June 8, 2012‎

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High Court of Justice Judge Noam Solberg, approved the expulsion of Elena Boso, a nurse from the Philippines working in Israel. Boso claims that she is the common-law spouse of an Israeli man, but the Ministry of the Interior found that their relationship is “an arrangement of convenience for acquiring status.” Although an appeal is still being discussed in court, Judge Solberg assessed that it does not stand a high chance of succeeding, and therefore there is no reason to delay the expulsion.

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June 8th, 2012 at 10:21 am

Closed Society: May 10, 2012

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The Ministry of Interior is refusing to issue a birth certificate to Adel Diabat, a two year old from the Bedouin village of Zarzir in the Galilee, because he was born while his parents were on a trip to Turkey.

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May 10th, 2012 at 11:44 pm