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Questions for the Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs

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Twice this year I reached the spokesperson of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Ministry by phone. In late February and late May. The first time I didn’t even manage to tell him why I wanted to meet with him; the spokesperson said he was busy and would contact me later. He didn’t.

At the time I was already keeping track of the Family Reunification-My Right protest movement and met with several of its activists, who overcame their reluctance to talk to an Israeli journalist but still refused to be identified in the interview by their full name. I wanted to clarify several issues with the spokesperson before publishing the article. I called a few more times, until I gave up.

The second time I called was on May 30. He answered, and I immediately told him that I wanted to meet to talk about the issue of family reunification. His reply was that he couldn’t meet because I write for an Israeli newspaper. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry (metaphorically). The Civil Affairs Ministry is the official intermediary between the Israeli occupation authorities and the institutions and citizens of the Palestinian Authority. Regular meetings with senior Israeli military and civilian officials and government ministers are part of its mandate.

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