August 17, 2014 10:30 pm

WATCH: Palestinian family in Vancouver living in legal limbo


A Vancouver woman and her family are living in legal limbo.

Eight years ago, Tamam Zobaidi moved to Vancouver with her husband and two daughters.

The family is Palestinian, and Tamam and one of her daughters were born in Jerusalem.

But a few months ago, Israel revoked their identity cards, which means she cannot apply for a Canadian work visa.

Without the document, she can’t work, drive or access health insurance.

She also can’t leave Canada, but can’t legally stay. Essentially she is stateless and has no legal status. If things aren’t sorted out soon, their 13-year-old daughter Kenza can’t attend school.

The family has already spent $10,000 on lawyers in the past three weeks to try to sort out the mess. Now they are hoping that by going public, the federal government will step in and help.

— with files from Jeremy Hunka

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