Israel Seals Off West Bank, Gaza for Memorial Day, Independence Day

From Tuesday midnight to Thursday midnight, entry into Israel will be permitted only in humanitarian and health related cases.

AP

Israel has imposed a closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, starting Tuesday midnight and ending midnight on Thursday, after Independence Day.

This is a comprehensive step that will restrict the work of about 60,000 Palestinians during Memorial Day and Independence Day.

According to the IDF spokesman, during those days, which are defined as a time of “general closure,” entry into Israel will be permitted only in cases related to humanitarian and health-related issues. That will also require the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. 

The defense establishment usually imposes a general closure on the territories during major Jewish holidays, mainly during Yom Kippur and Passover. Last Purim, a closure was also imposed. According to a defense establishment source, the decision originated with the political leadership, and was designed to reduce the friction between Palestinians and Israelis.