A Palestinian man and his son who were kidnapped and forced to work in Israel for four years now live in exile
A Palestinian woman and her two children living in Israel have been granted a permanent residency permit by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The woman, whose name has not been released, is now the fourth resident of the country to be granted such a status.
The family had been living in Jordan, but they decided to move to Israel last summer after being refused entry to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
According to her mother, who requested anonymity to protect the family, she was forced to sign a long list of conditions, including signing a document saying she could not leave the country unless she received permission from the Israeli military.
After she failed to obtain permission, she said, the soldiers took her to the military base where they forced her to work for eight months in a military prison.
Her father was arrested by the army for attempting to smuggle them out of the base.
“I saw my daughter in the prison cell,” she said.
“I was afraid, but I said, ‘Thank God, I will not go back.'”
The woman’s mother and her husband returned to their native Jordan on January 5 and were granted permanent residency by the Israeli government.
Their daughters, ages 8 and 12, have now been granted citizenship.
While many Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are denied residency permits by Israel, in Gaza, they are allowed to enter the territory on humanitarian grounds.
Israel has said the Palestinian refugees in the West Wall are eligible to become citizens of Israel.
But the government has yet to officially acknowledge their citizenship.
The government of the Palestinian territories, which is in charge of the refugee camps in Gaza and East Jerusalem, did not respond to a request for comment.