Palestine: Information on whether a Palestinian citizen of Israel can acquire Palestinian citizenship or refugee status and under what conditions Palestinian authorities will consider repatriating Palestinian nationals from abroad
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 May 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||PAL20771.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Palestine: Information on whether a Palestinian citizen of Israel can acquire Palestinian citizenship or refugee status and under what conditions Palestinian authorities will consider repatriating Palestinian nationals from abroad, 1 May 1995, PAL20771.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab1b54.html [accessed 8 December 2013]|
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The DIRB cannot speculate on possible situations, and therefore can only report on subjects covered by information found in publicly available sources. An official of the Embassy of the State of Israel in Ottawa and a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington both stated that at present there is no such thing as Palestinian citizenship (30 May 1995). The two sources also mentioned that the repatriation of Palestinian nationals from abroad still has to be negotiated (ibid.). For general information on "Israeli Arabs," please refer to the attached article.
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of the State of Israel, Ottawa. 30 May 1995. Telephone interview with counsellor.
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office, Washington, DC. 30 May 1995. Telephone interview with representative.
Arabies [Paris]. May 1995. No. 101. Marion Sigaut. "Qui sont les Arabes israéliens ?" p. 20.