A German Affair, Not Just a Love Story in Palestine

Why does Israel discriminate against foreign citizens who marry Palestinian residents of the West Bank?

Amira Hass
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Diplomatic representatives of Germany, France, Spain and the United States attended an Israeli Supreme Court hearing last Thursday, even though the petition being heard related to a German citizen and her right to live with her Palestinian spouse in their own home in Hebron. The couple, whose request for family unification was rejected by Israel, are Josefin Herbach and Abdelrahman Salaymeh. “I was very tense during the hearing,” said Salaymeh. “For the judges this was just another file, for us it’s our entire life.”

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