Thousands of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip are deprived of identity documents, depriving them further from the right to movement and hence deteriorating their living conditions. It is an imposition on Palestinians of living circumstances calculated to cause their psychological or physical deterioration or destruction.
Zahra Abu Alwan, 75, left the Gaza Strip with her husband before the Israeli occupation in 1967, and consequently did not get ID cards. “We returned to Gaza in 2000 through a visitor permit,” Abu Alwan explains. “Since 2000, we have been without ID cards. I have a son who lives abroad, and I have not been able to see him for more than 20 years because I cannot leave Gaza.”