IDF eases restrictions in honor of the holiday season

Accommodating Palestinians during the Christian holidays, IDF (Zahal) issues hundreds of visitor and travel permits enabling family visits and religious ceremonies

Date: 19/12/2011, 10:29 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

IDF (Zahal) and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) conducted a situation assessments in order to of improve Palestinian quality of life in the Judea and Samaria Region in anticipation of the upcoming Christian holiday season, which begins today, December 19th 2011, and will last until January 20th 2012.

The Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, and the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, decided to implement several trust-building measures during this season, including providing visitor permits for Christian Palestinians from the Judea and Samaria Region to visit Israel during the entire season, without limitations on age.

 400 permits for Christian Palestinians to travel abroad via Ben Gurion Airport, following security inspections will be issues as well. Also accommodating Christian Palestinians, 500 visitor permits from the Gaza Strip to Israel and the Judea and Samaria Region in order to visit their families and participate in religious ceremonies will be issued. These will be provided to minors under the age of 16 and adults over the age of 45. An additional 200 permits will be provided for Christians from Arab countries to visit in the Judea and Samaria Region during the holidays.