East Jerusalem

Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Article 16 (1)

The Application of the Absentee Property Law in East Jerusalem: CA 54/82 Levy v. ‘Afaneh (Judgment of February 19, 1986)

The Absentee Property Law, passed in 1950, is a pivotal statute in a series of legislative pieces that allowed Israel to take over the property of Palestinians who were expelled or fled during the war of 1948. It is a draconian law which severely interferes with the private property of persons deemed “absentees”.


HCJ 813/14, 5135/14 - Anon., Nofal et al. v. Knesset of Israel et al. Decision

Court decision directing the state to submit an updating notice by August 5, 2015, in a group of petitions filed by HaMoked and several attorneys, which were consolidated for hearing by the court. The petitions concern Palestinians who have been living in Israel for many years pursuant to renewable stay permits issued as part of family unification processes. In its petitions, HaMoked requested, inter alia, that an exemption be established in the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law to allow upgrading the status of this group of people.

HCJ 3219/15 - al-Ghul et al. v. GOC Home Front Command Petition for Order Nisi

HaMoked's petition to have the state cancel the extension of the order of removal of an East Jerusalem resident from his city. HaMoked asserts that the decision to extend the order by four more months is unbalanced; that the reliability of the "classified material" on which the military relies is questionable; and that the Defense (Emergency) Regulations pursuant to which the order was issued, are not valid and contradict the basic laws of Israel.