The state pledges to details the efforts it has made to locate documents listing criteria for travel into and out of the Gaza Strip, documents which it claims are not in its possession

During a hearing on a Freedom of Information petition, the Tel Aviv Administrative Court instructed the state to submit a supplementary affidavit within 30 days, in which it would specify the measures it has taken to locate documents it claims are not in its possession.  So far, the state has submitted most of the relevant documents, the exceptions being documents relating to a period of time totaling approximately two-and-a-half years. The missing documents were issued between September 25,, 2006 and September 5, 2008, and between September 25, 2008 and January 26, 2009. These two years are particularly important to understanding the Gaza closure policy, especially considering that it was during this time period that Hamas took over the Gaza Strip.

The hearing was held in a petition filed by Gisha (AP 22775-02-11) along with Physicians for Human Rights and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual on February 10, 2011. In the petition, the organizations requested disclosure of the criteria governing travel from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank and Israel since 2005. To date, the state has submitted only a portion of the relevant documents.

The Criteria on movement of people into and out of the Gaza Strip »