The 'Center of Life' Policy: Institutionalizing Statelessness in East Jerusalem

50 Jerusalem Q. 93 (2012)

12 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2012 Last revised: 6 Aug 2012

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Danielle C. Jefferis

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2012

Abstract

Since 1995 Israel has revoked the permanent residency rights of more than ten thousand Palestinian East Jerusalemites – nearly 0.5 percent of the entire Palestinian population of East Jerusalem – on the allegation that their “center of life” is no longer in Jerusalem. The arbitrary standard on which this policy is based exceeds the bounds of Israel’s written law and violates international law. The actual reality in Jerusalem – a result of the “center of life” policy – is the institutionalization of statelessness and forced displacement of Palestinian East Jerusalemites.

Keywords: Jerusalem, Israel, Palestinians, statelessness, citizenship

Suggested Citation

Jefferis, Danielle C., The 'Center of Life' Policy: Institutionalizing Statelessness in East Jerusalem (February 1, 2012). 50 Jerusalem Q. 93 (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2002231

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