As Every Jewish Holiday, Israel Imposes Closure on Palestinians in the West Bank for Purim

The Israeli military said the closure will take effect on Thursday night at midnight and continue until Sunday night 'subject to the assessment of the situation'

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IDF soldiers man a checkpoint near Nablus.
IDF soldiers man a checkpoint near Nablus. Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP

The Israeli military announced on Thursday that it would impose a general closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the Purim holiday, which starts on the same day.

The closure will come into effect on Thursday night at midnight and continue until midnight on Sunday night “subject to the assessment of the situation.”

“During the closure crossings for goods will remain open and passage will also be allowed in humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases only and subject to approval of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories,” the military said.

Every year, the Israel Defense Forces imposes a general closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the Jewish High Holidays, Purim, Passover – as well as Election Day.

During the closure, Palestinians are unable to pass through checkpoints from the West Bank of Gaza Strip into Israel, even if they hold permits to enter Israel.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Palestinians faced additional movement restrictions, with the only people granted permits to enter Israel were those who work in construction, agriculture, industry and medical professions.

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