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Family’s entry to the Gaza Strip denied due to “security reasons”: the case of FA
documents: 0  |  Updates: 2 FA and her family are residents of East Jerusalem. Until mid-2005, the family had entered Gaza relatively regularly to visit FA’s ill and elderly mother. In early January 2006, the family applied to the Israelis desk at the Gaza District Coordination Office (DCO) for permits to enter Gaza. After the application was approved, the family sought to go on another visit, but a police officer at Erez Crossing prevented their entry on the grounds that FA was under a “security ban”. In early February, HaMoked applied to the Israelis desk to arrange the family’s entry to Gaza. Thereupon, the family’s entry to Gaza was permitted for a period of three days, but again, when the family arrived at Erez Crossing, a police officer prevented their entry to Gaza – once again, due to a “security reason” attached to FA. The family had to turn back and go home.

After more than four months of persistent inquiry efforts, HaMoked received a letter from the head of the crossings division at the Borders Police, stating that FA was denied entry to Gaza due to “connection of relatives to terror activity, including a terror activist”. FA and all of her relatives with whom she maintained contact were never interrogated or arrested. Punishing FA for nothing she had done because of alleged activity by unknown relatives was tantamount to collective punishment, prohibited by Israeli and international law alike. An additional letter from HaMoked to the Israelis desk was only answered seven months later and yielded no result.

On February 11, 2008, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) to undo the military’s decision. During the court hearing, the state adamantly objected to a visit to Gaza by anyone of the family, but following pressure from the justices, it was forced to retreat from its sweeping position and agree to allow the children to visit their grandmother. With this, the HCJ effectively granted the petition as regards the children and denied it as regards the parents.


Updates
21.5.2008
The High Court of Justice (HCJ) partially accepted a petition submitted by HaMoked and will enable the children of a family from East Jerusalem to visit their sick grandmother who lives in the Gaza Strip: For over two and a half years the military has refused to let the relatives attend to the sick grandmother in the Gaza Strip; reneged on its own undertakings, cancelled authorizations it has g...
10.3.2008
HaMoked has submitted a petition demanding that a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem be permitted to visit her sick mother in the Gaza Strip: For over two and a half years the military has refused to enable the Petitioner and her family to attend to the mother in the Gaza Strip. The military has reneged on its undertaking and authorizations, using vague security grounds to justify its refusal
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