COGAT posts 17 new procedures to its website
Following a Freedom of Information petition seeking publication of all COGAT procedures (AP 51147-04-14 Gisha v. COGAT) filed by Gisha, COGAT pledged to publish some 60 procedures and protocols that had not been published, or new procedures that replaced existing ones. COGAT said the procedures would be published in three phases – in February, April and June 2015, and that all procedures would be published in both Hebrew and Arabic.
Over the Jewish holiday of Passover, 17 procedures (Hebrew) were posted to COGAT’s website, including both new procedures and some replacing existing procedures. This followed the February publication of 12 procedures. The procedures published thus far relate to different aspects of the arrangements for travel from the Gaza Strip to Israel and the West Bank, as well as economic and planning issues, which is why they are so important. The procedures outline how COGAT units operate vis-à-vis the civilian population in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as with the public and international organizations.
The procedures have thus far been published only in Hebrew. Gisha will continue its work to have all procedures published in Arabic and will follow-up on the publication of about 25 additional procedures in June 2015.