In the framework of HaMoked's work concerning the social security rights of East Jerusalem residents, the organization appealed – for the first time – to the National Insurance Institute (NII) with an objection against the Institute's decision to revoke a residency. The NII does not revoke a person's civil status in Israel, but may revoke it insofar as the attendant social benefits are concerned.
The applicant, who has been a Jerusalem resident since his birth in 1985, left his parents' home in the city in 2003 to study computer engineering in An-Najah University, Nablus. In 2008, he moved back to the family home in Jerusalem and is currently specializing in his field in Ramallah.
In February 2009, NII investigators arrived at the applicant's home in Jerusalem, while he was at work. He was summoned to a meeting on 8 March 2009, where he was questioned regarding his center of life. The man was instructed to submit a report regarding electricity usage in the family's additional house, located in Um a-Sharayet, in the area of Ramallah. On 11 March 2009, the NII decided to revoke the plaintiff's residency insofar as his social security rights under the National Insurance Law are concerned.
It must be noted that the NII's decision directly impacts the plaintiff's status vis a vis the Ministry of the Interior and all his future applications to this Ministry, since, when determining a person's center of life, the Ministry bases its decisions on NII investigations.