Rights group petitions Citizenship and Entry Law

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel on Monday petitioned the High Court of Justice, asking it to nullify the latest version of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order), which was legislated by the Knesset on March 21. The law denies family reunification to Palestinian men aged 18-35 and women aged 18-25. Palestinians above the restricted ages who wish to marry Israeli citizens must also pass stricter security criteria than in the past to be allowed to reside in Israel. The new temporary law, which is in effect until July 2008, also prevents family reunification with Israelis for citizens of four enemy states, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. ACRI charged that the temporary law violates the right of Israeli citizens to family life.