A Guide to the Gaza Closure: In Israel’s Own Words

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September 2011. Since 2007, Gisha, together with other human rights organizations, has worked to obtain information relating to the closure Israel has imposed on the Gaza Strip. The documents that have been released as a result shed light on Israel’s closure policy. Although the policy has become more restrictive since 2007, when Hamas came to power in Gaza, it was first introduced in 1991, when Israel began to limit travel by Gaza residents to Israel and the West Bank. A Freedom of Information petition submitted by Gisha, together with Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, has recently led to the exposure of documents detailing the weekly instructions given to army officers and Ministry of Defense bureaucrats, defining who and what may enter or leave the Gaza Strip. This information sheet summarizes the closure policy as it is described in these documents and in additional documents obtained by Gisha and others throughout the years. We include links to many of the original documents, being shared publicly for the first time. The final section sets out Gisha’s position regarding the closure.

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