CAMERA Israel’s office prompted correction of an Op-Ed which erroneously reported that Israel revoked the citizenship of a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip living in Israel due to the fact that she and her Israeli husband divorced.
In [Ibtisam Mara’ana] 2007 film, “Three Times Divorced” (2007), Khitam, a Gaza-born Palestinian woman has an arranged marriage with a Bedouin from Israel. She bears him six children, but after experiencing domestic violence and abuse, she wants to leave, only to discover that her Israeli citizenship is contingent on remaining married. If she divorces him, she loses her citizenship, and is then ineligible for the services available for Israel’s battered women.
Khitam is Palestinian, so her marriage has won her only a visitor’s permit in Israel, not residency or citizenship. She cannot turn to the state for legal aid or asylum in a women’s shelter. “She has no status in this country,” a social worker explains.
She bears him six children, but after experiencing domestic violence and abuse, she wants to leave, only to discover that since her husband never secured an Israeli I.D. for her, she has no official standing or citizenship recognized by the Israeli government or police.