The journey from Gaza to the American Consulate in east Jerusalem

Nancy Gabon, 24, is an American citizen who is married to a Palestinian. The couple lives in Gaza, where their two children were born. In order to have her children registered as American citizens, Nancy made an appointment with the American Consulate in east Jerusalem for February 2011; however, her request to travel to Jerusalem via Erez Crossing went unanswered. Gisha contacted the authorities on Nancy’s behalf and after a three-month delay, Nancy received a response that her request had been approved and that she would receive a permit to reach the consulate.