COGAT’s list of exceptions to the ban on travel from Gaza no longer includes a quota that allowed access to medical treatment for thousands of people in need of “non-urgent” care
Until recently, Palestinians could get a permit to travel from Gaza if they had a tragedy or a wedding in the family. Today, even this is all but impossible. Why?
The siblings of a recently widowed woman cannot visit her because they’re in the West Bank and she’s in Gaza - separated by travel criteria
We often write about how the criteria for Palestinians’ exit from the Strip are narrow and bizarre to the point of arbitrariness. Even those who do meet the criteria and against whom no security claims are raised go through a long and complicated bureaucratic ordeal which doesn’t always guarantee they’ll actually get to travel.
We can’t help Hala. We wish we could. Her case isn’t exceptionally humanitarian enough. In fact, she’s no exception at all and that's also why it's so important to know her.