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  • 26.11.09
    Easing of Restrictions on the Palestinian Population for the Eid al-Adha Holiday

    In accordance with the decision of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak and the IDF Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, and in light of the situation assessment conducted by the Central Command and Civil Administration, the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria will benefit from an easing of restrictions ahead of the 4 day Eid al-Adha Holiday which begins on Thursday November 26 2009.

    During the holiday, Israeli Arabs will be permitted to enter the city of Tulkarm by motor vehicle through Checkpoint 407. In addition, Palestinians will be permitted to depart to Israel for the purpose of visiting first-degree family relatives and the hours of operation of the "Court" checkpoint, allowing the entry by motor vehicle into the city of Ramallah, will be extended until midnight. In addition, the hours of operation of the Awarta checkpoint will be extended until 22:00 and a roadblock on the Jenin-Tulkarm road will be cleared. This will enable swift passage between the two cities. A roadblock near the village of Daharia will also be removed thereby enabling easy passage between the villages near the city of Hebron and 50 engineering obstacles throughput Judea and Samaria will be removed.

    During the holiday, IDF activity in the main cities will be reduced and the hours of operation of the Palestinian police force will be extended. Furthermore, the entry of worshippers to Friday prayers on the Temple Mount will be permitted to married men over the age of 45 and all men over the age of 50 without the need for special permits. In addition, the entry of married women and over the age of 30 and all women over the age of 45 will also be permitted without the need for special permits.

    The IDF wishes to emphasize that it will continue operating in order to protect the citizens of the State of Israel while taking into consideration the quality of life of the Palestinians and the ongoing and constant war against terror.

  • 24.12.09
    Deployment for Christmas

    As part of the deployment for Christmas of the IDF and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, a meeting was held between the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Eitan Dangot, the head of the Civil Administration Brigadier General Yoav ("Poli") Mordechai with the Patriarchs and heads of the Churches. In addition, coordination meetings were held between members of the regional 'Etzion' Division, the District Coordination Office of the Civil Administration in Bethlehem, their Palestinian counterparts, the Jerusalem Area Border Guard and the Israel Police Force, during which it was agreed, among others, that the procedures connected to the Christmas ceremonies will be upheld in accordance with the principle of upholding status-quo.

    As part of the lifting of restrictions organized groups of tourists will be allowed entry by bus, to Bethlehem via all the city's entry points. This will also apply to senior religious leaders, clergy and pilgrims. These entry points include the 'Rachel' crossing point, the tunnel crossing, 'Mizmoria', 'Beitar' and the 'Lamed-He' crossing. Entry will be permitted upon presentation of a passport. Foreign diplomats from various countries are expected to visit Bethlehem during the holiday and media teams from Israel will also be permitted entry to Bethlehem and Ramallah by means of motor vehicles.

    All entrance points in the Bethlehem area will continue to operate 24 hours a day and the presence of Civil Administration representatives there will be reinforced in order to ensure the smooth passage of all the visitors into the city.

    The passage from Gaza to Israel and Judea and Samaria of more than 300 Christian Palestinians aged 35 and over will also be permitted during the Christmas period. These permits will be issued subject to security scrutiny and in coordination with the Coordination and Liaison Administration in Gaza.

    As part of the easing or restrictions, an unlimited number of permits will be issued to Christian Palestinians residents in Judea and Samaria which will enable them to enter Israel for prayers and family visits. Until now, approximately 10000 such permits valid for the month of December 20-January 20, have been issued by the Civil Administration. In addition, 300 Palestinian Christians will be issued with entry permits to pass through Ben-Gurion airport during the holiday subject to security checks.

    The IDF will continue to operate in order to ensure the freedom of religious worship while simultaneously maintaining the normal way of life for the Palestinian population not involved in terror activities, and this in accordance with updated security evaluations and the continued fight against terror.

Easing of Restrictions on the Palestinian Population for the Eid al-Adha Holiday

It has been decided to ease restrictions on the Palestinian population of Judea and Samaria during the 4 days of the Eid al-Adha Holiday. The restrictions are part of the policy for improving the quality of life for the local population.

Deployment for Christmas

Restrictions on the Palestinian Population inJudea and Samaria will be eased during the Christmas Holiday which will be celebrated tomorrow DecJudea and Samariaember 24, 2009.

Conference for Framers and Agronomists on the subject of Olive Oil

A professional workshop on olive oil was conducted for 28 senior farmers, agronomists and Palestinian guides between March 9 and March 11, 2010.

The export project for strawberries and flowers from the Gaza strip to Europe

The COGAT spokesperson reports that today on the 27th of November 2010, the export project for strawberries and flowers to the markets of Europe commenced. This is part of a wider project that is being managed by the Administration of Coordination and Liason alongside Gazan farmers, and is being funded by the Government of Holland.
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