Erez Crossing goes back to normal operations

Israel has limited Palestinian travel through Erez to a narrow list of permitted categories since 2007. Erez Crossing (Photo by Karl Schembri)

Israel has limited Palestinian travel through Erez to a narrow list of permitted categories since 2007. Erez Crossing (Photo by Karl Schembri)

January 14, 2015. Erez Crossing has returned to normal operations. The crossing has been almost completely closed since Thursday (January 8), allowing travel only in exceptional cases: medical patients, Israelis, and UNRWA and UNDP staff members.

The crossing was closed after Hamas set up a post on the Palestinian side of the crossing. Palestinian Authority employees on the Palestinian side of the crossing, as well as the Israeli side, objected to the post and refused to work until it was removed. Today, Hamas removed the post and the crossing resumed operations.

Israel has limited travel through Erez to a narrow list of permitted categories. It did expand some of these categories to a degree after Operation Protective Edge, but the list remains extremely narrow, consisting mainly of medical patients and those accompanying them, approved merchants, international organization workers, foreign nationals and “exceptional humanitarian cases”. Normal trade-relations, employment or family life spanning across the parts of the Palestinian territory is not possible.