Family life

Family life

The occupation looks different in Areas A, B, and C. This is what it looks like in Area G, Gaza, where Israel: Back

Forbids family meals and visiting grandma in the West Bank

A third of Gaza’s residents have family members in Israel or the West Bank. As part of Israel’s separation policy, designed to keep apart Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, since 2007, Israel has further narrowed the criteria for travel. The criteria do not include family visits to the West Bank or Israel, unless a first-degree relative has died, is getting married or is a terminal patient in need of care.


Decides which family member’s funeral you can attend

Israel’s criteria for travel to and from Gaza permit participation in a funeral or mourning rituals, only if the deceased is a first-degree relative. In other words, if, heaven forbid your brother passes away, you could ask for a permit to attend the funeral. However, if that brother has lost his wife or son, you wouldn’t be eligible for a permit to exit Gaza to comfort him in his time of such great need.


Prevents residents of Gaza from moving to the West Bank

Contrary to international and Israeli recognition that the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are two parts of a single political entity, Israel has refused, since 2000, to allow Gaza residents to change their registered address to the West Bank, preventing them from moving to live there in order to reunite with family, to take advantage of employment opportunities, or for any other reason. Relocation is prohibited even if the Gaza resident has a spouse or children who live in the West Bank on a permanent basis.


Doesn’t consider getting to your wedding a good reason to issue a permit

The wedding of a first degree relative in Israel, the West Bank, or abroad is one of the humanitarian reasons on the basis of which Gaza residents may ask for a permit to travel from the Strip. However, traveling for one’s own wedding is not listed in the recognized criteria. Gisha has had to file several petitions on behalf of young Palestinians from Gaza who wanted to exit the Strip to attend their own weddings.


Decides when you can do the laundry

On a good day, Gaza residents have eight hours of power, followed by eight hours of blackouts, on a rolling basis. Many daily household activities have to be put off until the power comes back on, including laundry, pumping and heating water, charging cell phones and laptops, watching TV or using the internet. Gaza does not have the infrastructure to produce enough of its own electricity and establishing an additional line of supply from Israel has been delayed for several reasons.


Separates children from their parents

If a minor from Gaza loses a parent and the remaining parent lives in the West Bank, there is no guarantee that they would be permitted to live together. Israel assumes the power to determine who will be allowed to reunite with a parent, depending on what it judges to be the extent of their relationship, and who will have no choice but to live with a more distant relative.