Majed Koka has lived with his Israeli partner for last eight years and filed for residency in 2009, but is still waiting for the Interior Ministry’s answer.
By Dana Weiler-PolakFor the last eight years, Koka has lived with a partner, an Israeli citizen. In 2002, the two even signed a partnership agreement and registered themselves as married with the municipality – though legally, the state does not recognize gay marriage.In June 2009, Koka finally asked the Interior Ministry to grant him legal residency on humanitarian grounds. Fifteen months later, he has yet to receive a response.
Koka also applied for refugee status at the local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, but was rejected because that agency does not deal with Palestinians.