Following HCJ petition, Israeli citizen living in Gaza returns home HCJ 4743/14 Wahidi v. Commander of the Gaza Strip
Ms. Wahidi moved to the Gaza Strip after she married a Palestinian resident of Gaza. The State of Israel allows citizens like Ms. Wahidi to exercise their right to family life through the Divided Families Procedure (Hebrew) which regulates Israeli citizens’ entry and stay in the Gaza Strip.
Ms. Wahidi visits her relatives in Israel once every few months. On May 12, 2014, she went to visit her sick brother in Israel. Once the visit was over, she made a request to return to her home in Gaza, but it was refused due to “security based objections”.
On July 6, 2014, a petition (Hebrew) was submitted to the High Court of Justice on Ms. Wahidi’s behalf, with the aim of having her return to the Gaza Strip. The hearing was scheduled for early September.
As a result of negotiations between the parties prior to the hearing, Ms. Wahidi was able to enter the Gaza Strip under conditions restricting her exit in the next few years. Ms. Wahidi entered the Gaza Strip on August 28, 2014 and returned home.