Israel to Impose Closure on West Bank, Gaza During High Holidays

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Palestinians present their documents to Israeli border police at the Qalandia checkpoint, April.
Palestinians present their documents to Israeli border police at the Qalandia checkpoint, April. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Israel will impose a general closure on the West Bank and Gaza on the Jewish High Holidays, with Palestinians being barred from passing through checkpoints into Israel, regardless of whether they have permits. 

The military imposes such closures for all major Jewish holidays and election days. The crossings will first be closed for Rosh Hashanah and will go into effect on Monday at 4 P.M., ending at midnight on Wednesday night.

The next closure will be for Yom Kippur and will last between September 15 at 3 P.M. and midnight on the night of September 16. For Sukkot, crossings will be closed between September 20 at 4 P.M. and midnight on the night of September 21.

Finally, the Simhat Torah closure will begin on September 27 at 4 P.M. and end at midnight on the night of September 28. According to the military, the end time of each closure is "subject to a situation assessment."

Unlike last year, no coronavirus lockdown has been announced for this year's High Holidays. 

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