The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, offers his blessings to the Christian community for the Easter holiday. The Coordinator has promoted the expansion of civilian steps to support the Christian community in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip to observe their holiday traditions and ceremonies.
The unit of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is in a state of heightened preparation for the Easter holidays. In the framework of these preparations, coordination meetings have been held between COGAT officials and representatives of the Christian community in the Palestinian Authority.
For the holiday, Christian Palestinians from Judea and Samaria will be able to enter Israel; minors up to the age of 16 will be allowed to enter Israel with no need for a permit. 300 permits to travel abroad via Ben Gurion Airport will be issued to Palestinian Christians from Judea and Samaria and 300 licenses will be issued to allow Christian citizens of Arab states to visit family in Judea and Samaria. Additionally, Israeli Arabs will be allowed to enter Judea and Samaria in order to benefit the Palestinian tourism and economy.
The Coordination and Liaison Administration of the Civil Administration in Jericho is prepared for the religious ceremonies of the Christian community to take place at the baptism site on the Jordan River, with the expected attendance of approximately 3,000 Christians from around the world.
Additionally, a series of steps have been approved for the benefit of the Christian population of the Gaza Strip including the issuance of 800 entry permits to Israel, specifically Judea and Samaria as well as the approval for 50 Christian Palestinians to travel abroad via the Allenby Bridge. 50 Christian Palestinians living abroad will be permitted to visit family members in the Gaza Strip, travelling by way of the Allenby Bridge.