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Palestinians fight for marriage, residency in Jerusalem

Israel’s 15-year ‘temporary’ emergency order means Palestinian spouses may not join their partners in occupied East Jerusalem, forcing families to split or move into the already overcrowded suburb of Kufr Aqab.

Israel’s occupation has curbed the freedom of movement for many Palestinians and split families in some areas.

thousands are crammed into what’s effectively no-man’s land in Kufr Aqab, which falls inside the municipality of Jerusalem, so it’s governed by Israel; but, it’s on the Palestinian side of the separation wall.

At least 12,000 people, mainly from the occupied West Bank, are affected by Israel’s ban on family reunification.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports from Kufr Aqab, Occupied East Jerusalem.