Procedures and Protocols

The protocols and procedures issued by Israeli authorities govern the lives of people living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These protocols and procedures determine access to rights and the ability to exercise them. They determine, for example, the criteria for visiting a sick relative, attending a family celebration, moving, taking up academic studies, participating in professional training, receiving permits for employment, import or export of essential products and goods and more. Most of these protocols and procedures are not made public, in breach of the obligations set forth in the Freedom of Information Act 5758-1998. As a result, residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip do not know what procedures to follow when submitting applications. They do not have the correct forms or the list of documents they must submit, and they are not aware of the criteria according to which their applications are approved or denied. On the rare occasion that a protocol or procedure is published, it is available only at one of the military offices, which are not accessible to Palestinian residents, or, at best, it is posted on an official website, but only in Hebrew.

In recent years, we have filed multiple Freedom of Information petitions and dozens of Freedom of Information applications on various subjects. Following a Freedom of Information petition filed by Gisha to have all operating procedures used by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) made public, COGAT undertook to publicize some 60 procedures, some of which have never been published before and some replacing existing ones. Since October 2014, dozens of procedures have been posted to the COGAT website, and the rest are scheduled to be published by June 2015. Following another Freedom of Information petition filed by Gisha, the Civil Administration has undertaken to publish 80 more procedures. In addition, both the Civil Administration and COGAT have pledged to translate the procedures into Arabic. For the convenience of the public we serve, and in keeping with our view that maintaining transparency reduces the risk of abuse of power, we have decided to post some of the relevant information we have managed to obtain as part of our ongoing struggle here.

General
Status of permits for the entry into Israel of Palestinians, for overseas departures and the crossing points between Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip – June 2016. For the most updated version of the procedure, click here (Hebrew)
Procedure for issuing entry permits – Temporary Procedure
Procedure for sending post between Israel and the Gaza Strip (Hebrew)
Status of closure authorizations from the years 2005 – 2016
Procedure for issuing a driving permit for Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip for an Israeli vehicle (Hebrew) – October 2014
Policy on movement of people between the state of Israel and the Gaza Strip
Procedure for handling requests for medical treatment from residents of the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria Areas (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for the transfer of a body between the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria Areas (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for granting a BMC status for Palestinian businessmen (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for handling threatened Palestinians (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for issuing merchant permits, business permits, and permits for Palestinian Authority economy field workers (Hebrew) – February 2015
Coordination procedure for the transfer of cash between the Palestinian Authority territories and Israel or overseas (Hebrew) – April 2015
Procedure for submitting a request by Palestinian residents to enter Israel to attend an event with a fixed date and set in advance (Hebrew) – April 2015
Procedure for the entry of the Palestinian population to Israel (Hebrew) – April 2015
Operating procedure – public inquiries office, COGAT (Hebrew) – April 2015
Transfer of money between Israel and the Gaza Strip through secured courier services (Hebrew) – April 2015
Donations to the Palestinian Authority (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing permits for exit through Israeli ports (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for verifying identity of Gaza residents claiming to be Israeli citizens for the purpose of receiving Israeli passports and entering Israel (Hebrew) – October 2015 (Population Authority)

Entering and exiting Gaza
Arrangements for divided families – November 2004 (Hebrew)
Policy on movement of people between the state of Israel and the Gaza Strip
Clarifications regarding arrangements for the entry of Israeli citizens to Gaza via Erez Crossing (Hebrew)
Procedure for granting Gaza Strip residents permits to enter Israel and the Judea and Samaria Area for business purposes
Letter describing the procedure for granting of trader permits (Hebrew)
Procedure for handling delegations of senior officials (Hebrew)
Criteria for the exit of christians from Gaza during Easter (Hebrew)
Applications for entry permits for reasons relating to legal proceedings in Israel
Coordinating meetings at Erez Crossing between Israeli lawyers and their clients who are Palestinian residents of Gaza, for the purpose of signing legal documents (Hebrew) – August 2016
Procedure for obtaining a permit to Gaza for a Judea and Samaria resident (Hebrew)
Exit procedure for visits to a patient hospitalized in Israel/ Judea and Samaria/ abroad (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for granting West Bank stay permits for Gaza residents (Hebrew)
Issuing of permits for residents of the Gaza Strip for medical treatment (Hebrew) – October 2014
Issue of permits for Gaza Strip residents for humanitarian reasons (funerals and weddings) (Hebrew) – October 2014
Coordination of passage of patients by the “Back to Back” method between ambulances through Erez Crossing (Hebrew) – October 2014
Issuing permits for business purposes in Israel for Gaza Strip Residents (Hebrew) – October 2014
Exit procedure from the Gaza Strip for families of prisoners imprisoned in Israel (Hebrew) – October 2014
Issue of permits after operating hours (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for issuing a “business men Gaza” (BMG) certificate for merchants in the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for the exit of Gaza Strip residents to Temple Mount prayers on Fridays (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for the passage of Palestinian officials through Erez Crossing (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for the passage to the Gaza Strip after entering Israel through an international crossing (Hebrew) – February 2015
Issuing exit permits to Ben Guriun airport for Palestinian residents (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for handling family reunification (Hebrew) – February 2015
Coordination procedure for the movement of Palestinian officials through the international crossings (Erez and Allenby) (Hebrew) – April 2015
Exit procedure for medical staff to Israel and East Jerusalem (Hebrew) – April 2015
Procedure for issuing permits for Judea and Samaria residents in the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – April 2015
Passage of Israeli employees of international organizations through Erez Crossing (Hebrew) – April 2015
Procedure for the passage of visitors to prisoners through Erez Crossing (Hebrew) – April 2015
Procedure – entry of medical patients for treatment in Israel or the Judea and Samaria Area (Hebrew) – June 2015
Arrangements for the entry of Israelis to the Gaza Strip through Erez crossing (Hebrew) – April 2015
Issuing of permits for Gaza residents who are in Judea and Samaria/abroad (Hebrew) – April 2015
Procedure for transfer of corpses into/out of the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing entry permits to Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip for the purpose of family unification (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure – travel to the Gaza Strip by Judea and Samaria Area  residents  (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure – travel to and from the Gaza Strip by visitor visa holders (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure – travel by merchants for business in the Judea and Samaria Area or Israel (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for granting permits for travel to Gaza to Judea and Samaria Area residents (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for handling entry requests to the Gaza Strip by Israeli citizens/residents (Hebrew) – June 2015

Movement between Israel and the West Bank
Procedure for the entry of students from Judea and Samaria to study in Israel (Hebrew)
Magnetic card – procedure for issuing and delivering (Hebrew)
Employment of Palestinians in Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (Hebrew)
Employment of Palestinians in Israel (Hebrew)
Employment in Israel – families procedure (Hebrew)
Procedure for cancelling of work permits held by Palestinians employed in Israel (Hebrew)
Procedure for implementing the issuing of licenses for the employment of Palestinian workers in construction (Hebrew)
Procedure for the employment of Palestinian workers in construction (Hebrew)
Procedure for submitting requests for licenses for the employment of Palestinian workers in construction (Hebrew)
Procedure of Palestinian residents’ passage at the border crossings
Procedure for the confiscation of permits (Hebrew)
Procedure for prevention of entrance of debtors from the Palestinian territories to Israel (Hebrew)
Procedure for issuing entry permits to Israel for visiting prisoners (Hebrew)
Application form for issuing a magnetic card (Hebrew)
Procedure for cancelling entry permits to Israel (Hebrew)
Form for applying for a permit for Israeli organizations (Hebrew)
Procedure for approving requests of Palestinians for medical treatment and medical escort needs (Hebrew) – October 2014
Entry of blocked Palestinian residents invited for medical tests in Israel by the Ministry of Defense for the management of tort lawsuits (Hebrew) – October 2014
Coordination procedure for the evacuation of patients to hospitals in Eastern Jerusalem (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for handling residents of Judea and Samaria who arrive to a checkpoint in an acute medical condition – October 2014
Funding medical care/treatment for Palestinians who are transferred by the IDF to hospitals in Israel (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for approval of entry permits to Israel for a funeral (Hebrew) – October 2014
Permits procedure for family visits in Israel (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for issuing entry permits to Israel for business purposes (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for issuing permits for job searching purposes (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for approving permits for work meetings (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for handling requests for ligation needs (Hebrew) – October 2014
Entry procedure for Palestinian residents of the Judea and Samaria Area for travelling in Israel (Hebrew) – October 2014
Christian holidays – approval of civil actions for the Christian population in the Judea and Samaria Area (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for working with Israeli organizations (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for handling requests that are being handed through the reception window/the Palestinian coordination (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for issuing visit permits for foreigners in the Palestinian Authority (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for issuing a “Business visit permit” (Hebrew) – February 2015
Procedure for approval of applications to enter Israel for medical treatment and accompanying a medical patient (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for approval of permits for funerals in Israel (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for seizure of israeli entry permits (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing israeli entry permits for the purpose of family visits (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing Israeli entry permits for the purpose of excursions (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing permits for professional seminars in the ICT sector (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing permits for weddings in Israel (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing Israeli entry permits for the purpose of visiting a consulate/embassy (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing permits for overnight stay in Israel (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing entry permits to Israel for tour guides (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for issuing Israeli entry permits for tourist guides (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for processing applications to enter Israel (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing permits for business meetings (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for entry and removal of operations department preclusion (Hebrew) – July 2015
“Assembly” procedure (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure and issuing of permits to merchants and businessmen carrying BMC’s (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for issuing Israeli entry permits in order to look for employment (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for processing applications from VIP1-VIP2 (senior Palestinian officials) (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for granting Israeli entry permits for the purpose of attending medical conferences and seminars (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for granting Israeli entry permits for welfare purposes (Hebrew) – September 2015
Procedure for issuing Israeli entry permits for temple mount Waqf employees (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for coordinating travel by car into Israel (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for issuing Israeli entry permits for tourism industry workers (Hebrew) – July 2015
Family unification in Israel for palestinian residents – procedure for granting Israeli entry permits (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for issuing permits for employees of international organizations and diplomatic delegations – September 2015 (Hebrew)
Procedure for issuing entry permits to Israel for Temple Mount prayers – June 2015 (Hebrew)

The West Bank – general procedures
Procedure for handling illegal construction involving the international community – April 2015
Procedure for transferring portable buildings in Judea and Samaria (Hebrew) – April 2015
Process for entry of Palestinian merchants from the Judea and Samaria Area to the Nabatean market in Mamshit (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for issuing permits under the 1987 humanitarian arrangement (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for updating addresses in the Israeli copy of the Palestinian population registry – Judea and Samaria Area (Hebrew) – July 2015
Issuing a permit to drive Israeli forklifts in the Judea and Samaria Area (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for allotment of state lands to the Ministry of Defense (Hebrew) – June 2015
Employment permits for companies working in security and protection services – September 2015 (Hebrew)
Employment of cleaning services at the crossings – September 2015 (Hebrew)
Movement of medical staff in the Jerusalem envelope – September 2015 (Hebrew)
Procedure for advancing internationally financed infrastructure projects – September 2015
Procedure for issuing entry permits to Israel for work meetings – June 2015 (Hebrew)
Procedure for handling ‘residence status’ clarification requests
Procedure for handling requests sent to the Civil Administration’s public inquiries officer
Procedure for answering requests and reports by international organizations and diplomats

Security and criminal block
Procedure for removing a security block (Hebrew)
Criminal block information links (Hebrew)
Procedure for reviewing and appealing a police block (Hebrew)
Criteria for limiting entry of PA residents into the State of Israel based on a criminal block (Hebrew)
Procedure for removing a security block for business purposes (Hebrew)
Procedure for removing a security block for employment purposes (Hebrew)
Procedure for handling requests by Palestinian residents for verifying and removing security blocks on travel abroad (Hebrew)
Application form for removing a security or criminal block (Hebrew)

Merchandise
Procedure for coordination of entry of goods into the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for donations to the Palestinian Authority (Hebrew)
Protocol on controlled goods entering the Gaza Strip (Hebrew)
List of controlled items to the Gaza Strip – December 2013. For the most updated version of the list, click here (Hebrew).
Import and export through the overland border crossings and internal crossing points
Procedure for marketing fresh agricultural produce from Gaza to the West Bank (Hebrew) – January 2015
Directives concerning the marketing of non-agricultural goods between the Gaza Strip and the Judea and Samaria Area – March 2015
Procedure for transport of medical equipment into the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for transporting car motors into the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – June 2015
Transport of hazardous materials through the crossings (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for export from the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – June 2015
Ministry of Agriculture procedures for marketing of agricultural produce from the Gaza Strip to Israel (Hebrew)
Ministry of Agriculture procedure for marketing of agricultural produce from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank (Hebrew) – October 2014
Defense Export Control Law (Controlled Dual Use Equipment transferred to Palestinian Civil Jurisdiction Areas) – November 2015
Procedure for the transfer of spare parts into the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for the imposition of fines on unlawful transfers of dual-use good to the Gaza Strip – September 2016

Allenby Bridge
Procedure for the passage of Gaza Strip residents via Allenby Crossing (Hebrew)
Procedure for passage of Palestinians via Allenby Bridge (Hebrew)
Procedure for coordinating the passage of VIPs via the Allenby Bridge Crossing (Hebrew)
Procedure for printing of visiting permits at the District Coordination Office (Hebrew)
Procedure for the transportation of the Palestinian population through Allenby Crossing (Hebrew)
Procedure for issuing replacement of lost documentation (Hebrew)
Procedure for the transfer of a body via Allenby Crossing (Hebrew)
Procedure for the transfer of patients/wounded via Allenby Crossing (Hebrew)
Coordination of the transfer of bodies through Allenby Bridge to the Gaza Strip (Hebrew) – October 2014
Procedure for the passage of Gaza Strip resident patients from abroad through Allenby crossing (Hebrew) – February 2015
Coordination procedure for the movement of Palestinian officials through the international crossings (Erez and Allenby) (Hebrew) – April 2015

Settlement
Procedure for settlement in the Gaza Strip by Judea and Samaria Area residents
Procedure for handling applications by Gaza Strip residents for settlement in the Judea and Samaria Area
Procedure for submission of applications for Judea and Samaria Area stay permits for Gaza Strip residents (Hebrew) – July 2015
Procedure for issuing Judea and Samaria Area stay permits for Gaza Strip residents (Hebrew) – July 2015

Foreign nationals and international organizations
Transit policy to the West Bank via Israel– via Israel
Entry of foreign nationals into the West Bank – via Allenby Bridge
Procedure for transferring deportees (Hebrew)
Entry of foreigners into the Gaza Strip via the Erez Crossing
Letter of guidance for international organizations wishing to register with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services
Exit procedure for foreigners and foreign passport holders from Gaza and Judea and Samaria overseas (Hebrew) – April 2015
Issuing of permits for Palestinian employees of international organizations (Hebrew) – April 2015
Procedure for coordinating entry into the Gaza Strip by foreign nationals (Hebrew) – June 2015
Procedure for processing applications by foreign nationals for family unification in the Palestinian Authority (Hebrew) – June 2015

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