Ministry of Interior denies Jerusalem ID to newborn baby

Sunday, 5 June, 2011 | 01:40 |  Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — Local mother Reham Nabil Abbassi is fighting for the right of new newborn baby Noor to gain her official Jerusalem residency. Noor was born on 17 November 2010, five months in to the father’s 10 year prison sentence. And while Noor was issued with a birth certificate in hospital, the Ministry of Interior has thus far refused to issue her with her Jerusalem ID number.

Reham, 21, waited the legal limit of 20 days for an ID card to be issued for her daughter. 4 months later she finally received word from the Ministry of Interior that only a son has the right to inherit Jerusalem residency from Noor’s father – as Reham herself holds Palestinian identification (a green ID card) as opposed to Noor’s father’s Jerusalem (blue) identification.

Said Reham: “Noor’s father is sentenced to 10 years, and he cannot commence legal proceedings on Noor’s behalf until his release. This will affect everythin in her life – she won’t even be able to come to prison with me to visit her father, if she has no ID card. She will not be able to move through the city or even access her right to education in Jerusalem.”


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