Kerem Shalom Crossing remains closed today and travel at Erez Crossing is further restricted

June 25, 2013. Kerem Shalom Crossing remains closed to the movement of goods for a second day and travel of people at Erez continues to be restricted to medical patients, foreigners, Israeli citizens and residents of the West Bank wishing to return home. This after six rockets were fired on Sunday night from Gaza towards southern Israel.

Other than in rare exceptions, travel for traders, family visits and trainings and conferences is blocked. For example, Gisha was informed that members of two families were permitted to cross yesterday: one to visit a gravely ill relative in the West Bank and one to participate in mourning rituals for a first degree family member in Jordan.

This will be the fifth occasion since February 26, 2013 in which the Defense Ministry has imposed restrictions on civilian movement in response to rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel. 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.