8500 cases of travel bans have been documented, most of them for prisoners and their families

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The Center for the Protection of Freedoms and Civil Rights “Hurriyat” held a conference on freedom of movement, movement and travel on Monday, with the participation of a number of speakers representing local and international institutions operating in Palestine.

The speakers presented fact sheets that shed light on the reality of freedom of movement, movement and travel and the measures taken by the occupying authorities to restrict freedom of movement as an individual and collective punishment imposed on the Palestinian person in clear violation of international norms. human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The conference was part of the Right to Travel and Travel project funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Petriss Kandari, representative of the Sawasya Program, stressed that the right to move and move is guaranteed under Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and expressed his support for this issue by providing legal assistance to those who are denied the right to movement and travel. It can contribute to strengthening the efforts of human rights institutions to limit the movement imposed on the Palestinians and to make it an easily enforceable right without significant obstacles.

Ahmed Khaled, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Protection of Freedoms, considered the right to move and travel to be one of the most important rights guaranteed by international human rights charters and declarations.

He added that the list of occupying violations of the right of travel and movement is long, mostly the death barriers that cut through parts of the West Bank, prevented entry into the city of Jerusalem and prevented the people of Jerusalem themselves from within. The movement, as happened yesterday in the flag march, as well as what caused the dividing wall in the division between individuals Family and a family. Khaled called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations and special rapporteurs interested in this matter to pursue the occupying authorities and hold them accountable for this ongoing crime, which affects the Palestinian people of all categories and is carried out by a decision of the military administration without judicial supervision.

Munir Nusseibeh, director of the Clinic for Human Rights at Al-Quds University, said that the people of Jerusalem could move inside the wall, but they could not enter the Gaza Strip, for example, and that new procedures would deprive them of their presence in Jerusalem. with what is known as the policy of withdrawing identity cards, in addition to this complexity, as the occupying state restricts the enjoyment of children of persons residing in Jerusalem and the same situation applies to spouses, these restrictions created a group. of people who can not move because it offers complex Israeli demands for their enjoyment of the right of residence, movement and travel.

According to Issam Younes, director of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, he said: The siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and restrictions on freedom of movement are intended to disrupt the status quo, after 1967 Military Order No. 1 declared that Gaza The Belt Zone is a military zone from which you are not allowed to leave or enter. This situation continued until 1969, when the movement of citizens from the Gaza Strip had to be organized under the pressure of the Israeli labor market need for labor. free. so the occupying authorities gave the people of the Gaza Strip general approval to enter Israeli areas with special permission, and the occupying authorities restricted movement from the Gaza Strip to such an extent that the restriction has become general and the exception is to allow movement and travel. outside the Belt with complicated procedures, for example, cancer patients in the Gaza Strip need 21 working days to issue permits to them, in addition to the problems of preventing their companions from entering with patients for security reasons.

Muhammad Azaiza, a researcher from the Maslak Association in the Gaza Strip, stated that the occupying authorities embodied the policy of partition between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, as maintaining the policy of partition violates the individual rights of citizens. It also implements it through a series of procedures that restrict movement between the West Bank and Gaza, and these criteria set by the occupation do not apply to 90% of the population of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and allowing the remaining 10% to meet the conditions to apply for a permit, but does not necessarily guarantee this small group the approval of a movement permit, and this ban also applies to sports groups that were denied movement from Gaza to the West Bank, as was the case with the Rafah Services team, which was denied to play in the local league, in addition to the fact that the occupying Israeli authorities control the population register.

Carmen Kishk, representative of the Campaign for the Protection of Academic Rights, said that in 2022 a law was issued for foreigners coming to Palestine, which gives the occupation authorities the right to intervene in the types of disciplines that are allowed to teach in Palestinians. universities, conditioned by their contribution to economic development without special criteria. For this request, as well as determining the number of professors and students allowed to work in (35) educational institutions in Palestine, where they are allowed to take for a whole year 100 university professors and 130 students a year, and added that in 1980 the occupying authorities issued resolution no. Also earlier this year two doctoral students from Germany were not allowed to enter when they learned they were carrying out a joint project with Birzeit University.

At the end of the conference, Helmy Al-Araj, director of the Center for the Defense of Freedoms, stressed that our people are paying the price of the occupation policy in the division of the West Bank and Gaza Strip area. small area, and the laws applicable to it can be metaphorically enforced on a large continent due to the large number of restrictive measures that result from it, which banned tens of thousands of citizens from being given freedom of movement and travel, and demanded that the free world intervene and take responsibility for this silent crime practiced by the occupation against Palestinian citizens, and reported that the Hurriyet documented more than 8,500 cases of travel bans, including more than 650 women, most of them of which are prisoners and families of prisoners, with the intent of punishing their families and that the travel ban policy is done outside the judiciary and controlled by the Israeli security services without the prior knowledge of those who are barred from traveling, who are surprised by this procedure when they are prohibited from traveling to the border point. with Jordan.The sought success and curbing of the unjust travel ban policy towards Palestinian citizens.

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