Press Releases

(7 April 1999) Campaign to End ID Card Confiscation (CALL TO ACTION)

7 April 1999 
BADIL Resource Center 


The Campaign to End ID Card Confiscation will hold a demonstration at the park near New Gate (corner of Jaffa st. and road no. 1) at 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 14 along with PLC and Knesset members.  The Campaign was initiated by Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations to pressure the Israeli High Court as it prepares to pass its decision on the “legality” of Jerusalem ID card confiscation on April 22. 

The policy of ID card confiscation is the Israeli governments most effective policy of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and has already forcefully evicted and separated thousands of Palestinian families.  The Campaign on the April 14 will use banners and stickers with the phrase, “Bibi, you were abroad for 12 years. Now it’s your turn!”  above a forged Netanyahu ID Card with the word “expired” stamped across it.  The slogan, written in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, is a reference to the 1996 “center of life” policy which allowed for a 600% increase in the number of ID card confiscations. 

The Campaign calls for an immediate end to the policy of ID card confiscation, to reinstate the status of those Palestinians whose residency rights were revoked, and to allow Palestinian families to be re-united.  

Lobby for Human Rights in Jerusalem/Campaign to End ID Card Confiscation 
Addameer, Badil Resource Center, Citizen’s Rights Center - Arab Thought Form, Freedom’s Defence Center, Jerusalem Center for Women, Palestinian Human Rights Information Center, Women’s Affairs Technical Committee, Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling 

In Joint Effort With: 
al-Haq, ACRI - Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Bat Shalom, B’tselem, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Council of Palestinian Human Rights Organizations, Defense for Children International -- Israel, Hamoked, Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid, LAW, Palestinian Housing Rights Movement, Physicians for Human Rights, PNGO - Palestinian NGO Network, Ribbis for Human Rights 


For More Information Contact: 
Badil Resource Center at 274-7346, 
Jerusalem Center for Women at 244-7068, 
ACRI-Association for Civil Rights in Israel at 652-1218, 
Bat Shalom at 563-1477,