I'm not sure what you mean by "hardly gentiles", but in fact that's who the ruling involves. As far as I can see, the ruling is not restricted to people of Middle Eastern heritage - they just have to be not Jewish. Since it equally applies to white anglo-saxon protestants and Indian hindus, gentiles is the only honest term.
U.S. says it killed 10 AQAP Islamist militants in four air strikes in Yemen since April 23 (Reuters)
from the article: IDF bars East J'lem residents from using Bethlehem crossing