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An Israeli military unit has issued a list of rules and restrictions for foreigners wishing to come to Palestine’s West Bank. There is also a rule in the new rules that if there is a love affair with a local Palestinian citizen, it must be reported to the Israeli authorities.
The COGAT, the body in charge of Palestine’s civil affairs, has rolled back a number of controversial restrictions that appeared in draft rules published last year. Minor changes have been made to these ninety-page documents. US Ambassador Tom Needs has expressed concern over these rules. Jessica Montel, executive director of the Israeli Human Rights Organization, said the Israeli military was imposing these sanctions to isolate Palestinians from the outside world. Montel has also challenged these rules in court.
Removed objectionable things on criticism
Jessica Montell, executive director of the human rights organization, said: “In the face of criticism, the Israeli military has removed many objectionable content from these documents. But its basic nature is offensive and harmful. Montell has challenged these rules in court.”
The rules do not apply to those coming from Israel
Those who marry Palestinians, come to the West Bank to work, to study or to teach are brought under the ambit of these rules. These rules do not apply to people visiting Israel or visiting the more than 130 Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Israeli forces killed 19-year-old in clash: Palestine
Palestinian officials say Israeli forces have shot and killed a 19-year-old man in the occupied West Bank. The action took place during the Israeli raids in the early hours of Monday. Tahir Zakarneh was shot in the head, legs and thighs near the West Bank city of Jenin. The region, a bastion of armed struggle against the Israeli regime, has been watching Israel for several months. The Israeli army arrested 17 Palestinians in a West Bank raid last night.