A human rights report published today, Sunday, monitored the denial of five thousand Palestinians from the Gaza Strip from obtaining an identity card.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor stated in a report that denying them a personal identity card prevents them from exercising a set of their basic rights, foremost among which is the right to freedom of movement.
The report stated that more than five thousand Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were denied an identity card due to their absence – or their parents – in the Occupied Palestinian Territories during the Israeli military authorities conducting a census of the population after its occupation of the Strip in 1967.
The report, titled “Citizens without Identity,” stated that those without identity in the Gaza Strip entered the Strip either before 2000 through temporary visit permits granted by the Israeli authorities, or after 2000 during the periods in which the border wall between Egypt was breached. And Gaza, or through the underground tunnels that were scattered on both sides of the border before 2014.
The report reviewed the great difficulties faced by the group of persons without identity in the Gaza Strip, as a number of them died suffering from chronic and serious diseases due to their inability to travel for treatment outside the Palestinian territories.
In terms of study and work abroad, those who have lost their identity are deprived of educational or work opportunities due to their inability to travel and move, since the person who has lost his identity cannot obtain a passport that would enable him to travel and move freely like other citizens with an identity.
Likewise, a person who has lost his identity cannot meet his family if some of them live abroad, which means dispersal of many families and depriving them of what is called “reunification” because of the dilemma of losing identity.
The report pointed out that the crisis of persons without IDs in the Gaza Strip has been around for years, in light of the continuing official impotence towards solving this humanitarian issue.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor urged the Palestinian Authority to set up a new mechanism for resuming and updating the requests of the missing identities, and to make the necessary efforts in order to address this file.
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