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The issuing of entry permit to the seam zone: the case of MK
documents: 0  |  Updates: 1 MK and his family live in Tura al Gharbiya near Jenin. The separation wall cuts off their home, east of the wall, from their farmlands, west of the wall, inside the seam zone. Only he and his parents do the farming. In the framework of the permit regime implemented since the construction of the wall, MK has received renewable entry permits to the seam zone for agricultural purposes. However, in November 2009, the military refused to renew his permit without citing security reasons, in violation of the law and of the military's own orders.

For a period of four months, MK was unable to enter the family lands on which they relied for their income, and the damage caused thereby was growing worse by the day. In late March 2010, MK and his parents were set to prepare the soil for the planting of sesame, tobacco and tomato seeds. His parents desperately needed his help with the farming, but the military issued permits to only the parents, and refused MK's application. Contacting the civil administration liaison officer on MK's behalf, HaMoked was informed that because this was not the olive harvest season, permits for the parents were sufficient. MK was forced to find an alternative source of income. He moved to Ramallah, and started working in a restaurant.

HaMoked appealed to the military legal advisor for the West Bank against the civil administration's decision, seeking his intervention; however, contrary to the process announced by the military, the legal advisor's office referred HaMoked back to the civil administration. Failing in its efforts, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice for the renewal of MK's entry permit to the seam zone. The case was joined for hearing with six other similar petitions by Hamoked. The hearing concluded with the court dismissing two of the petitions, ruling that MK and the four remaining petitioners should resubmit their requests for entry permits, and that their petitions would remain pending to allow the court to monitor the military's handling of the requests.

During May 2010, MK reapplied via HaMoked, and was issued a permit; when the permit expired in August, it was not renewed. In another hearing on the case, held on November 4, 2010, the State's Attorney's Office guaranteed that a permit would be issued within the week, but the state failed to do so "for various technical difficulties". A week later, the State's Attorney's Office assured the court that a permit would be issued "at the start of next week". However, only a month later, on December 12, 2010, after numerous unsuccessful phone calls and MK's repeated arrivals at the District Coordination Office, was a permit finally issued, which, again, was valid for three months only, until March 2011.

Freedom of movement within the West Bank: The court reviews seven petitions filed by HaMoked to allow entry of Palestinian farmers into the seam zone to farm their lands (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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