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Palestine - September 2022

New law imposed by Israel tightens control in West Bank

The Israeli military body responsible for civilian affairs in the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) released a wide-ranging policy imposing rules, reporting requirements, and restrictions for foreigners who want to enter Palestinian areas of the West Bank, extending its control of daily life and movement in and out of the occupied territory. The list of rules targets foreigners who marry Palestinians, travel to the West Bank to work, volunteer, study or teach. New regulations limit the number of foreigners permitted to enter the West Bank and how long they may stay there. The rules do not apply to people visiting Israel or the more than 130 Jewish settlements scattered across the West Bank. The legislation effectively entrenches Israel’s 55-year control over the Palestinian population in the territory.

Source: Al Jazeera, AP News, BBC, OHCHR

*Since the impact of these events are felt primarily in Palestine, they are coded in the entries for the latter. While they are not coded for Israel, it is Israeli action that causes the effects on democracy in Palestine.

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Civil Liberties
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