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Reader comment on item: Ending the Palestinian "Right of Return"

Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Jan 17, 2012 at 12:12

The sentence, "While recognizing the rights of a person to marry, the court denied that this implies a right of residency" caught my eye. I was married in the UK to a British citizen in 1988, but we only lived there as man and wife for four years. The mandatory time for me to gain British residency would have been five years, therefore, although our marriage was legal, I couldn't legally claim to be a resident of the UK.

Each country has its own laws regarding residency and they must be applied and accepted fully. As Israel has the right to create laws to protect itself, I fear that this "closing of the back-door 'right of return' " may cause further problems for the future of Israel, as it strives to maintain its Jewish statehood. There are always going to be some people who slip through the system, regardless of how stringent a law is.


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