Israeli policy imposes new restrictions, strengthens hold on the West Bank

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the Israeli the military body in charge of civil affairs in the occupied West Bank has enacted a new policy that imposes restrictions on foreigners who marry Palestinians or who come to the West Bank to work, volunteer, study or teach.

The COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories) states that those who decide to take the next step with their sweetheart – with the “beginning of the relationship” defined as a commitment, marriage or move in – should notify the military within 30 days.

The rules are not applicable to over 130 Jew settlements throughout the West Bank and do not apply to visitors.


Palestinians from abroad who want to visit the West Bank should do so list names and ID numbers of family members, as well as specify whether they themselves own or will inherit property in the West Bank.

The number of visiting professors would be limited to 100 and the number of students would be limited to 150.

The policy says that a visiting lecturer should convince an Israeli military officer that “[contribute] significantly to academic learning, the economics of the Area or the advancement of regional cooperation and peace “.

Palestinian women cross a section of the Israeli separation fence on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on April 29, 2022.

Palestinian women cross a section of the Israeli separation fence on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on April 29, 2022.
(Photo AP / Oded Balilty)

COGAT said the quotas apply to teachers and students who wish to stay longer than one semester and are subject to “re-evaluations from time to time”.

Almost all foreigners would be forced to leave after 27 months and wait another nine months before applying for re-entry and would be limited to a total of five years in the territory, making long-term employment nearly impossible.

Volunteers approved by the Israeli military could come for a year, but then would have to wait another 12 months before applying for re-entry.

The rules do not apply to Israeli institutions.

Furthermore, most foreign spouses could only enter the West Bank with a residence permit valid for three to six months. While a small number of them are eligible for renewable marriage permits for up to 27 months, they are expected to leave for six months.


The military said the procedures formalize the application process and broaden the “range of purposes allowed for entry into the area,” adding that they are part of a two-year pilot program and that “some parts” are already underway. of revaluation.

The United States State Department he said he was studying the procedures and “engaging with the Israeli authorities to understand their applications.”

A legal The petition with objections to the policy presented by the Israeli human rights group HaMoked led the Israeli authorities to delay its implementation from May 20 until early July.

Israeli border police secure a checkpoint used by Palestinians to cross the West Bank in Jerusalem on Friday, April 8, 2022.
(Photo AP / Nasser Nasser)

The release comes after Palestinian attackers shot and killed a security guard in late April, and Palestinian and Israeli police He collided several times in an important holy place in Jerusalem.

Israel had previously reported Palestinian militants fired rockets, injuring Gaza residents.

In April, Israel She said it would close its border crossing to thousands of Gaza workers.

“The reopening of the crossing will be decided accordingly with a security assessment,” the Israeli army said in a statement.


Palestine called the decision “collective punishment”.

Israel conquered the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War; The Palestinians want it to be the main part of their future state.

Landon Mion, Brie Stimson, and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.