Israel: Information on whether an Arab born in Haifa in 1938 and who went to a refugee camp in Lebanon in 1948, would have rights to Israeli nationality
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 May 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ISR14163|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Israel: Information on whether an Arab born in Haifa in 1938 and who went to a refugee camp in Lebanon in 1948, would have rights to Israeli nationality, 1 May 1993, ISR14163, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aaba2c.html [accessed 20 May 2013]|
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According to an Israeli lawyer in Jerusalem, a large number of Palestinians had to leave in 1948 because of the war, but generally they do not have the right to return (21 May 1993). The lawyer added that Palestinians do not have a right of return or to Israeli nationality per se (Ibid.). As a Jewish state, Israel only provides Jews with the opportunity to acquire Israeli nationality under the Law of Return (Ibid.).
According to a representative of the Consulate General of Israel in New York, anybody who left the country before 1952 is not entitled to Israeli nationality unless that person exited with an Israeli passport and renewed it at a Consulate of Israel (21 May 1993). If an Arab left before 1948, no recourse is possible (Ibid.).
Additional and/or corroborating information on this subject is currently unavailable to the DIRB in Ottawa.
Consulate General of Israel, New York. 21 May 1993. Telephone Interview with Representative.
Israeli Lawyer, Jerusalem. 21 May 1993. Telephone Interview.