Al-Maqdese (MSD) succeeded, through its legal clinic (LC), to pressurize the Israeli Ministry of Interior to renew the identity card of Basem Dweik from East Jerusalem.
The MSD legal clinic started working on Dweik’s file in June 2011, and the lawyer Amneh Abbas was responsible for going through the legal procedures to obtain the renewal.
Abbas said that the citizen sought the help of MSD after several failed attempts to renew his identity card. She said that this is a problem faced by many Jerusalemites who leave the country for a while, and that this is a practice carried out by the Ministry of Interior to expel Jerusalemites from their city.
Dweik stayed abroad for twenty years which was an obstacle to renewing his identity card. The last time Dweik renewed his card was in the year 1997, which made it difficult to prove his residency according to the “centre of life” requirement. This condition requires Jerusalemites to live in Jerusalem and to prove their residency. The MSD legal clinic sent notices to the Ministry of Interior explaining the legal reasons that oblige the ministry to allow for the renewal.
The legal clinic is currently trying to help Dweik obtain a family unification document for his wife who comes from Kazakhstan