‘Awareness is the first step toward change,’ is the adage that guides Atta’a, the Center for Rights Realization for Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. Atta’a was founded in 2005, and recently came under our aegis.
And now they’ve published a booklet on the rights of East Jerusalem Palestinians at the Ministry of Interior. It goes over the different types of forms that exist, the different legal definitions of residency (most of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are permanent residents and not Israeli citizens!), navigating the Israeli complex bureaucracy when it gets to specific statuses, the rights of the couple and the kids after marriage of a permanent resident to a Palestinian from the West Bank, etc.
A second booklet is in the works – about physical accessibility. It will cover what a person’s rights are, how to access them, which forms are necessary, which offices are responsible, and more. Stay tuned!
Many thanks to the Jerusalem Foundation for their continued support of this program.