The state agrees to allow Ihab, a Palestinian resident of the Gaza Strip to enter the West Bank

Today, the state notified the Supreme Court that it would allow Ihab, a Palestinian resident of the Gaza Strip, to enter the West Bank after making a 10,000 shekel deposit to guarantee his departure at the end of the visit.

Ihab wishes to enter the West Bank in order to ask for his intended’s hand in marriage. The state initially refused his request on the grounds that it did not meet the humanitarian criteria justifying entry into the West Bank by Palestinians whose registered address is in Gaza. Gisha filed a petition to the Supreme Court, arguing that Ihab wishes to enter the West Bank for a limited time, with evidence to prove it. At the end of the hearing, which was held on December 19, 2011, the court issued an order nisi compelling the state to respond to the petition within three days, and strongly recommending that it allow Ihab to travel. In view of the court’s position, the state did in fact retreat and allowed Ihab’s entry following a deposit.