Love Under Apartheid

Palestinians daring to defy apartheid with love.

love (n): 1. Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
apartheid (n): 1. A policy or system of segregation or discrimination

Useful links and resources


June 3, 2014
Who would you be allowed to marry in Israel today?

June 15, 2014
So long, Israel, and thanks for nothing

Ma’an News
June 24, 2014
Palestinian couple celebrates wedding day in pre-Nabka village

March 19, 2014
Knesset to extend discriminatory law preventing Palestinian families from living together

February 28, 2014
Two blushing pilgrims: a Palestinian love story

B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights
February 19, 2014 
Gaza Strip: comics inspired by Najah Hamdan’s story 

Huffington Post
February 13, 2014
This Couple Needs a Military Permit for Valentine’s Day — Here’s Why

New York Times
May 23, 2012
"Not All Israeli Citizens Are Equal"

January 12, 2012
"Israeli high court keeps Israeli, Palestinian spouses apart

January 12, 2012
Israel upholds citizenship bar for Palestinian spouses

The Guardian
January 12, 2012
“Court upholds law banning Palestinian spouses from living in Israel

+972 Magazine
December 25, 2013
A Decade on, Citizenship Law still denies Palestinians their rights 

January 12, 2012
“Court okays Citizenship Law, legalizing discrimination of Arabs”

December 12, 2013
Civil unions challenge ‘Jewish State’ 

January 12, 2012
“Human rights equated with national suicide”

January 16, 2012
“Israel’s ‘national suicide’”

Video interview with Hassan Jabareen, from Adalah: the Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel

July 17, 2013
An apartheid of hearts, minds, international law 

April 14, 2013
Israel extends law restricting unification of citizens with spouses from ‘enemy states’ 

December 19, 2012
What happens when a Gazan wants to marry a West Bank woman?

January 11, 2012
“Israel’s High Court rejects petitions against ‘Citizenship Law’”

January 12, 2012
“Israeli-Palestinian couples on Citizenship Law: Supreme Court guided by Israeli racism”

January 12, 2012
“Cabinet expected to extend law withholding citizenship from Palestinians who marry Israelis”

January 13, 2012 
“A glimpse into the life of an Israeli-Palestinian couple”

 January 13, 2012
Supreme Court thrusts Israel down the slope of apartheid

January 17, 2012
“Israeli Arabs have never been equal before the law”


Fidaa and Mohammed 
Fidaa Abuassi, January 13, 2014
Getting Engaged in the Diaspora

Louay and Areen
Mondoweiss, November 4, 2013
Love under apartheid

Mohammed and Marjan 
Electronic Intifada, August 8, 2013
Israel Blocked me from Going to my own Wedding

Taher Moslimany and Rita Isaac
Radio Netherlands Worldwide, February 14, 2012
Tunnel of Love, Valentine’s Special

Lina al Safin
Mondoweiss, November 5, 2010
“The reunification of my Parents”

Ghassan Abdullah
Electronic Intifada, December 6, 2006
“Why is Israel separating me from my wife?”

Susan a-Zir
B’tslem, September 2007
Susan a-Zir, a Jordanian citizen married to a resident of the territories

Mai Ahmed
January 25, 2012 
Mai Ahmed, a bride from Qalandia/West Bank, travels through tunnels to get to her husband in Gaza after Israel prevents her from getting a permit to do so.

Institute for Middle East Understanding, October 13, 2009
“The bride who crawled through a tunnel”

Taiseer and Lana Khatib:

EIectronic Intifada, January 27, 2012
“Palestinian families denied rights by Israel’s racist marriage laws”

The World: Global Perspectives for an American Audience, January 24, 2012 
“No Israeli citizenship for Palestinian Spouses” (Audio and text)

Abir Kobty, January 16, 2012 
“Open Letter from Taiseer Khatib: Raise your voice against Apartheid”

Palestine Monitor, February 8, 2012
Israeli law finds new ways to keep out Palestinians


Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Summary of Supreme Court Judgment in the Citizenship Law Case

Jurist Legal News and Research

“Israeli Citizenship Laws are Unconstitutional

B’Tselem: the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights
Information on family reunification
Videos, Residency and Family Separation

Visualizing Palestine
Infographic: Identity Crisis - the Israeli ID System 

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