High Court in Israel Supports Secluding Palestinians

The policy by Israel of isolating Gaza Strip, which in turn disrupts the lives of thousands of Palestinians living there, has been given support by the country’s Supreme Court over the course of many years.

This support comes even though the segregation policy defies a principle in the Oslo Accords that states the West Bank and Gaza constitute one geographic unit.

However, the Supreme Court justices accepted the position of Israel in many petitions brought before them related to the segregation policy.

The court has accepted that Israel has the right to stop free movement of people going through its state from Gaza Strip because of security reasons.

A report this week shows that the high court affirmed the policy. The report describes how the limited movement that is imposed by Israel on Gaza residents separates families and forces many to live in the West Bank under  uncertainty with a fear of being expelled to Gaza.

However, the response by the Justice Ministry said that the policy of the state of Israel had been examined many times by the court, which has ruled many times, there was not a valid reason to intervene.

There were 27 cases in the report, one of which was a soccer player who lived in Gaza. The state of Israel allowed the members of the national soccer team of Palestine to move into the West Bank in order to participate on the team, but their families were not allowed to follow them.

One player move into Ramallah in 2008, but his spouse and two children stayed in Gaza. He could not visit his mother prior to her death. Since he missed his family after 5 years and could not take it any longer, he moved back to Gaza, ending his soccer career. Seven other Palestinian players who are from Gaza are in the same situation.

Israel stands by its policy as a security measure that makes life safer for its citizens. Israel allows people who want to move into the Gaza Strip for family reunification and other humanitarian measures to do so.

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