Court hearing on limiting traffic on the sole road to Kerem Shalom Crossing has been postponed

An empty truck at Kerem Shalom crossing. Photo by Eman Mohammed

May 23, 2016. The state requested a month to deliberate on the decision of the Ministry of Transportation to limit truck traffic on road 232. Meanwhile, the decision will not be implemented. The hearing, which was supposed to take place this Wednesday has been postponed for one month.

The Ministry of Transportation attempted to resolve the plight of residents living along Road 232 due to heavy traffic on the road, by closing the road to trucks at rush hour. Road 232 is the only road leading to the Kerem Shalom Crossing for transport of goods. The Council of Transporters and Carriers (representing leading transport companies) issued an interim order to effectively halt the implementation of the Transportation Ministry’s directive, and the court issued a temporary delay until the hearing. Gisha asked to join the hearing as amicus curiae, to share information with the court about the price implementation of the directive would have on residents of the Gaza Strip.

Following the submission of the petition, the outgoing Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, announced that he ordered the establishment of a crossing for goods in the northern Gaza Strip. It is not clear what will happen now that there has been a change in personnel at the Ministry of Defense.