The Faces of Non-existent People: Palestinians Living Without an Official ID

Mohammed al-Jorf doesn’t have an official ID card of any kind. Hana Sha’aban is living in 'a big prison.' Hind al-Masri cannot sign a work contract. Life without status

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A woman hold a sign that reads 'I have a right to be with my children' at a demonstration for Palestinian reunification rights in El Bireh, on Sunday.
A woman hold a sign that reads 'I have the right to be with my children,' at a demonstration for Palestinian reunification rights in El Bireh, on Sunday.Credit: Emil Salman
Amira Hass
Amira Hass
Amira Hass
Amira Hass

Once every two to three weeks, they come together for regular ongoing protest vigils, demanding a resolution of their Kafkaesque situations. Most are Palestinians who were born and lived in Jordan and are now living with their families in the West Bank, but they lack resident status of any kind in the West Bank and therefore have no Israeli-authorized and Palestinian Authority-issued ID card. Therefore Israel regards them as illegal residents.

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