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High Court Challenge Delays New Policy on Foreigners’ Entry to West Bank

Jerusalem24 – The implementation of a new restrictive policy on foreigners wishing to enter the West Bank has been delayed by 45 days due to a legal challenge in the Israeli High Court, according to Israeli authorities.

The policy has been sharply criticized by a number of legal and human rights experts. Ahmed Abofoul, International Lawyer, Legal Research and Advocacy Officer at ‎Al-Haq Organization, called the new Israeli policy of entry and residence of foreigners into the West Bank “Apartheid and de facto annexation in practice” in a series of tweets on April 26th, detailing how the policy specifically targets foreigners with ties to Palestinians in the West Bank while exempting those wishing to visit Israeli settlers in the same area.

The 97-page document, quietly released in February and originally due to take effect on May 20th, places sweeping restrictions on foreign passport holders wishing to reside, study, teach, work, or volunteer in the West Bank, including on spouses or children of Palestinian ID cardholders. The policy is currently facing a legal challenge in the Israeli High Court by a number of human rights organizations and Israeli authorities have announced its implementation has been delayed until July 5th “in order to consider the concerns raised”.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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