Israel’s ‘no lock, no door’ policy will prevent Palestinians from living in ‘no-go zones’
Israel’s policy to prevent Palestinians living in “no-Go zones” from entering the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip is being challenged in court by a group of lawyers representing the families of Israeli soldiers killed in clashes with Palestinian protesters, the AP reported.
The lawyers filed a lawsuit Thursday in a Jerusalem court challenging the law that requires Palestinians living under the control of the Israeli military to be able to enter the occupied territories, or be placed under house arrest.
The military has long required Palestinians to surrender their weapons and leave their homes after their capture, which can include entering a settlement or crossing the Green Line.
“The government’s approach is to take out the Palestinian citizens of Israel, especially in the West, who are not citizens of the state, and put them under house-arrest,” said attorney Yigal Gafni, a member of the family of a soldier who died in a clash with Palestinian demonstrators in the occupied West Bank last year.
The family of Yigil Gafani filed the lawsuit in January in the High Court of Justice, saying the law “violates the rights of the Palestinians living on the West bank and in the Gaza strip.”
It also sought to halt the Israeli government’s policy of denying Palestinians entry to the West.
The Israeli military has rejected the plaintiffs’ claim.
The AP reported that Gafnis attorneys said in the lawsuit that “Israel’s policy is to stop the movement of Palestinians to and from the West and to place them under control.”
The court hearing will determine whether to order Israel to change the law.
Israeli authorities have also said they will not permit Palestinians to enter Gaza.
Gafnei, who represents Gafan family, said the family’s lawsuit is “a continuation of the blockade that we are facing” and that “the Israeli government cannot deny Palestinians their rights.”
“We are facing the occupation’s policy with an increasing severity and the blockade’s effect on the daily life of our family,” Gafannei said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a frequent critic of the law, has previously said the restrictions would not be enforced, and the government will not enforce them against Palestinians living “under the control” of the army.