Falling through the cracks : How the Israeli Occupation breaks Palestinian Families
Since the Israeli occupation of Palestine in 1948 until today, Palestine has been divided geographically. Therefore, the Palestinian people are divided into citizens with different identities in Jerusalem, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli occupation imposes a variety of laws and regulations on Palestinians. Many Palestinian families are separated as a result of the different identity documents and Israeli laws and policies that restrict the movement of Palestinians and limit the reunification of families. The suffering of families is exacerbated the different judicial systems and laws in force in the Palestinian territories and Israel; it is primarily family issues that end up in courts such as divorce, alimony and child custody.
In 2011, the Center for Women’s Research and Consulting in the Gaza Strip (CWLRC), the Jerusalem Center for Women (JCW) and the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Open Society Foundation (FOSI) implemented a joint project to support Palestinian women whose rights are violated due to legislation imposed by the Israeli occupation.
The project has assisted them to deal with infringements of their rights, mainly related to family issues such as a woman’s right to divorce or obtain assets as documented in the marriage contract, child custody, as well as rights relating to residency, housing, freedom of movement, access to health services, and the right to education and work.
Our Broken Families campaign comprises various media publications such as the following documentary, the Briefing Paper, and the Advocacy Paper including recommendations to get active locally as well as internationally.