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Who can travel from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank?

Soccer players yes, poets nein

The people of Gisha NGO translated their table showing who can and who can’t travel from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. Here it is.


Who may travel from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank? (Credit: Gisha)

Who may travel from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank? (Credit: Gisha)

Note that for a person to be allowed to travel from the Strip in the first place, the IDF and the ISA (Shin Bet) have to consider that person to be of no security risk, and they have to pass severe security checks at the Erez Checkpoint. Thus all the arguments about “but they might be security risks!” is hogwash.

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    1. I met a man who had to leave his family in Gaza to work in Ramallah sewing clothes. When I met him he was on a plane from Amman to Cairo on his way back to Gaza to visit his family. Imagine the time and money he lost having to do this.

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    2. Steve

      That stinks for him. He should try to get rid of Hamas so Gaza is instead run by sane moderates and therefore isn’t a threat to Israel anymore

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    3. Piotr Berman

      Typically, Yossi does not even try to find logic in the regulations issued by IDF even though he is aware that a considerable number of people is involved is promulgating those rules and they take various consideration into account. My favorite is a rule issued in 2009 allowing importation of humus into Gaza with the exception for humus with flavoring additives like mushroom or pinenuts.

      I cannot offer a full explanation, as I will explain, but I can offer a perspective in which this explanation makes sense. Israel is the only place of Earth that is a safe refuge for Jews, who could fall victims of an anti-Semitic tide rising, say, in Canada. However, this safety is more fragile than one would wish due to 100-500 million of implacably hostile people surrounding the country. Thus the security of the state is fragile and relaxing vigilance can be the last mistake than an Israeli government would ever do.

      It would be very easy to succumb to so-called humanist perspective and allow everything that does not pose an immediate threat. Perhaps, for a year or two humus with mushroom, or even with hot peppers, would not translate to any tangible threat, but it would sent a totally wrong signal both to population in Gaza and to the public at home. It would start a vicious slippery slope. More and more concession would be demanded, each relaxation of rules would be derided as insufficient. Clearly, it would not stop with humus or travel permits for beauticians.

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    4. C

      I can’t even decide whether “Piotr Berman” is serious or is trying to be a parody. First hummus with mushrooms, then hot peppers, then Auschwitz! God save us!

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