For First Time In 15 YEARS(Long Before Hamas Controlled Gaza)Israeli Occupation Will Allow Gaza Students To Study In West Bank


Occupied: Headlines From Palestine

GISHA February 18, 2015. Today, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced that he will be allowing students from Gaza to study in the West Bank for the first time since the year 2000.  Israel has so far staunchly refused to allow students from Gaza to travel to the West Bank for academic studies, claiming students pose a security threat and that allowing students to travel goes against the “separation policy”.

The new “closure permission status” (Hebrew) document, which lists, among other things, the criteria for applications to travel through Erez Crossing, states: “Students are permitted to exit for the purpose of academic studies in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], subject to a quota of 50 students”. It is hard to discern from the document what time frame the quota refers to, or the criteria by which students will be permitted to exit. The…

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