Title Citizenship and Entry into Israel (temporary provisions) 5763-2003

Date of adoption



31 July 2003


Entry into force




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This temporary statute, which went into force on July 2003 for an initial period of one year, states that a Palestinian resident of the Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip may not receive Israeli citizenship and may not receive license or permit to reside in Israel for a period of over 6 months, except in unusual circumstances in which granting of such status is of special interest to the State. The law was enacted due to statistics concerning terrorism in Israel, according to which 11% of the Palestinians involved in terrorist activity inside Israel had entered the country in the context of family reunion. The law was extended for an additional 6 month period in 2004 and for 4 months in Feb. 2005. On 1 August 2005 the law was extended in an amended version, in which the original restrictions were limited to Palestinian men over 35 years of age and women above 25 years of age. The amended statute includes additional circumstances under which a resident of the above areas can receive residence permit or license, including certain circumstances of family reunion with a partner or a parent residing legally in Israel, medical treatment or work. The amended law will remain in force until 31 March 2006, at which time the security considerations which underscore this legislation will be revaluated. The constitutionality of this statute is currently being challenged in the Israeli High Court of Justice.