More documents regarding the policy on goods entering Gaza were released
We continue to publish documents produced by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) in relation to the policy on goods entering Gaza since the year 2005. The documents have been released to Gisha following a petition filed under the Freedom of Information Act together with Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual in February 2011. COGAT began releasing the documents gradually in May 2011.
These documents constitute official state records of a policy defined by security officials as “economic warfare”. They describe, for example, how COGAT allowed “plain” hummus into the Gaza Strip, while hummus with toppings such as pine nuts, was prohibited.
The petition was filed as part of Gisha’s ongoing efforts to facilitate public oversight and transparent and informed public debate about Israel’s policy on the movement of goods and people into and out of the Gaza Strip.
To view the documents in pdf format (Hebrew only), see here.
For an information sheet describing the closure policy in view of the disclosed documents click here
It should be noted that the proceedings at the Tel Aviv District Court, where the petition was filed, have continued in light of the petitioners’ insistence on obtaining all requested documents, beginning in 2005 (the state claims that many of the documents cannot be found, mostly from 2007 and 2008, when the closure was particularly restrictive).