Challenging the failure to disclose criteria for approving construction projects in Gaza
In its challenge to the decision, Gisha argued that it was not sound to provide the information to international organizations but withhold it from Israeli organizations. Gisha also challenged the use of the phrase “security considerations” as the grounds for withholding the information, since it is not listed in the Freedom of Information Act as one of the permissible grounds for refusing to provide information.
COGAT responded on June 7, 2012. According to the response sent to Gisha, in considering an application to bring construction materials into the Gaza Strip, the relevant officials take the following factors into account: the location of the project, who funds it and the nature of the raw materials required for it. The response also noted that every application to bring construction materials into Gaza is reviewed individually.
COGAT response, June 7, 2012 (Hebrew).