Monday, March 20, 2006

Banished from the Holy Land

More (un-)shared values.

Israeli-Palestinian couple asks Court to let them live together
By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent

An Israeli resident of Jerusalem and her Palestinian husband from Ramallah petitioned the High Court of Justice on Sunday, requesting that it instruct the state to cease denying them the opportunity to live together as a couple.

Israel has banned the Palestinian husband, Osama Zaater, a sculptor by trade, from entering the country proper while his wife, Yasmin Avisher, a ballet dancer, has been denied permission by the state to set foot in Palestinian territory.

The couple met during the course of their activities in support of an animal rights group in Atarot near Jerusalem. They married in a traditional Muslim ceremony in East Jerusalem and subsequently flew to Cyprus where they exchanged civilian vows.



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