On October 17, 2023, we filed a petition (Hebrew) regarding the Beer Sheva municipality's refusal to admit three brothers to educational institutions, who are children of permanent residents not registered in the population registry and do not have an ID number. The municipality refused to register the children on the grounds that they had no status in Israel, despite that according to the law and regulations issued by the Director General of the Ministry of Education, every child of compulsory education age is entitled to study in his place of residence, regardless of his status or the status of his parents. Despite the fact that the children were born and raised in Israel and their mother is a permanent resident, the Beer Sheva municipality insisted on referring to them as "residents of the Occupied Territories" because their father lives in the West Bank, and claimed that the obligation to enroll children who do not have status does not apply to "residents of the Occupied Territories."
Following a hearing on the petition, the children enrolled in educational institutions after presenting birth certificates. Since the petition was filed, we have received two other similar requests regarding children of stateless residents, both of which were resolved only after our intervention.