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V Natural Palestinian Citizens

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The status of an Ottoman subject had to have been well-established. This status is based on original Ottoman nationality which had been acquired by birth or through naturalization by the Ottoman Empire. It follows that, for example, those who acquired provisional Palestinian nationality in order to participate in the legislative election in 1922 would not be regarded as Palestinian citizens under Article 1, Clause(1), of the Citizenship Order. Unlike Ottoman subjects residing in Palestine, the nationality of Palestines natives residing abroad raised serious legal and humanitarian concerns. The various important issues connected with the question of Palestine in international law and other disciplines prompted a number of writers to examine the nationality of this group. This chapter examines this issue as it stood prior to 15 May 1948, from a legal perspective. In international law, nationality at birth is accorded based on two principles : jus sanguinis and jus soli.

Keywords: jus sanguinis ; international law; jus soli; legislative election; natural Palestinian citizens; Palestinian nationality



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