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Issuing an entry permit for the "seam zone": the case of TA
documents: 0  |  Updates: 0 In early August, 2011, TA, a Palestinian youth from the area of Qalqiliya, leased an olive grove of two dunums inside the area which Israel has dubbed the "seam zone" – the area of West Bank trapped between the separation wall and the Green Line. Since Israel proclaimed the "seam zone" to be a closed military zone, Palestinians who wish to go there, have to obtain a military permit. Under the military procedure, the application must be submitted to the Palestinian Liaison Office, which transfers it to the Israeli military; the military must decide whether to grant an entry permit within two weeks' time. If the application is granted, the applicant receives a permit for a limited period of time via the Palestinian Liaison Office.

Accordingly, in late August, 2011, TA filed an application with the Palestinian Liaison Office for a permit to enter the lands he had leased inside the “seam zone”. As no response arrived and the harvest season was already underway, HaMoked contacted the military directly to request that a permit be issued to TA at once to allow him to harvest his olives on time. The military responded that it had not received TA's application and referred him to the Palestinian Liaison Office to submit a new application. In mid-November, TA submitted the second application. On December 14, 2011, after HaMoked contacted the military again to inquire why TA's second application had not been answered, the military claimed once more that it had not received TA's application, and recommended that he submit another application, this time through the Israeli District Coordination Office (DCO). Therefore, on December 22, 2011, TA filed his third application, this time via the Israeli DCO. Again, weeks went by with no reply, and so HaMoked appealed again to the military requesting that the permit be issued. On January 11, 2012, the military responded that it had not received the application.

But although the military "never received" any of TA's applications, at the end of that month, TA received an entry permit for “seam zone”. (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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