Following two days of closure, Kerem Shalom Crossing re-opens today to passage of goods. Erez Crossing resumes standard operations.
The crossings were closed on Monday following the firing of six rockets from Gaza towards Israel. It was the fifth occasion since February 26, 2013 in which the Defense Ministry imposed restrictions on civilian movement in response to rocket fire from Gaza. On May 5, Gisha published a position paper which reviews the policy of closing crossings following rocket fire from the Strip. The position paper surveys the effects of the closures on both residents of Gaza and farmers in Israel, and reviews what has been said about the new policy by the security establishment. The paper also examines whether the closures constitute collective punishment in breach of international law.
To read the position paper, click here.