Jamal Abu Eisheh

Area and Development Studies

PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: October 2020

Research topic: Family reunification for foreign spouses of Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem: a case of permanent temporariness

I aim to explore the functioning of the family reunification process for married couples where one spouse is a Palestinian residing in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the other spouse is a foreign national. The state of Israel, as an occupying power, governs the process of family reunifications. In Jerusalem, it is possible, yet difficult, to obtain a family reunification where the foreign spouse obtains a residency status. In the West Bank, foreign spouses can only obtain temporary spouse visas. In both cases, the state of Israel creates a legal border between Palestinian and foreign spouses, aiming at preventing foreign spouses from living in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Research supervisors: Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab, Professor Ilan Pappé

Email: ja642@exeter.ac.uk

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