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Right to Enter is a grassroots campaign defending the rights of access, movement and residency in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

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Access and Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
A paper presented by The Right to Enter Campaign to the Mobility and Freedom of Movement Conference, organized by The Arab Education Forum and the Istikshaf Coalition, on March 15-17, 2014, in Amman – Jordan
New Education Report
This new Education Report: Academia Undermined, deals with the implications of Israeli restrictions on the entry and residency of foreign passport holding academics wishing to serve at institutions of higher education in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
Letter to Diplomatic Missions
As a grassroots campaign we have concentrated our efforts on monitoring developments on these issues; documenting their impacts on directly affected persons, families, service institutions and businesses; clarifying their broader impacts on Palestinian social and economic rights; and assessing their lawfulness in international law.
Israel, Europe Crack Down on Palestinian 'Flytilla'
- Common Dreams staff Over 40 pro-Palestinian activists on their way to the West Bank have been detained upon arrival as they reached Israel's Ben Gurion airport on Sunday as part of an action planned by the Welcome to Palestine Initiative 2012 - a bid to 'challenge Israel's policy of isolating the West Bank'. Hundreds more are expected to reach Tell Aviv throughout the day as the activists persist. An Israeli undercover policewoman (right) arrests an activist holding a pro-Palestinian slogan at Ben Gurion air port near Tel Aviv on April 15. British airline easyJet has said it had joined other carriers in preventing pro-Palestinian activists from boarding flights to Israel after pressure from the country's government (Agence France-Presse) Many other campaigners from around the world are attempting to reach Tel Aviv today, as authorities attempt a blockade. To read the full article go to Israel, Europe Crack Down on Palestinian 'Flytilla'
"Israel cannot legally ban pro-Palestinian activists bound for West Bank"
Israel's Interior Ministry has no authority to refuse entry to activists taking part in Sunday's pro-Palestinian fly-in protest, a lawyer who represented activists detained in last year's protest claims. The fly-in protest, part of a campaign entitled "Welcome to Palestine," is due to take place on Sunday with the arrival of thousands of international activists at Ben-Gurion Airport. Last July, a similar "fly-in" took place, with over 300 international activists arriving in Israel, and 120 detained. To read more on Haaretz, click here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-cannot-legally-ban-pro-palestinian-activists-bound-for-west-bank-1.423847
Ministry of National Economy and ARIJ: The economic costs of the Israeli occupation for the occupied Palestinian territory

Ministry of National Economy and ARIJ: The economic costs of the Israeli occupation for the occupied Palestinian territory

From the executive summary:

The Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territory imposes a huge price tag on the Palestinian economy. Israeli restrictions prevent Palestinians from accessing much of their land and from exploiting most of their natural resources; they isolate the Palestinians from global markets, and fragment their territory into small, badly connected, "cantons". As recently highlighted also by international economic organisations, including the World Bank, UNCTAD and the IMF, these restrictions are the main impediment to any prospects of a sustainable Palestinian economy.

Read the full report: The economic costs of the Israeli occupation for the occupied Palestinian territory


NEWS RELEASE: Israel Using Unknown Hosing Procedure to Spray/Vacuum inside of Cars at Crossing Checkpoints in West Bank
January 26, 2012, (Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine) - The Campaign for the Right to Enter the Occupied Palestinian Territory (RTE) has been notified by a foreign national "a development worker" that when she recently drove through the Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint, also known as the "Gilo 300 checkpoint," Israeli police were randomly pulling over cars at the military checkpoint and asking those in the vehicles to exit after closing all the car's windows, except for leaving the driver's side window which was to be left open 5 cm. The Israeli policemen then inserted a hose inside each car, and at the cue of one of the officers with a stopwatch, the reporting driver was under the impression that a gas was sprayed inside the vehicle's interior for ten minutes. Upon some preliminary research, which is still ongoing, it seems the hose may have been a vacuum to suck the air out of the car's interior. Afterwards, the driver and passengers of the cars were told to enter the vehicles and leave. When the policemen were asked what they were doing, their response was: "It is for security and it is fine."
AIDA: Restricting Aid - The Challenges of Delivering Assistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

New report by the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) reports says Israeli restrictions increase costs, prevent aid from getting to those who need it most:

Every month, aid and development agencies in the OPT are spending $375,000 just to work around restrictions on movement and access. While the restrictions add up to an annual cost of at least $4.5 million for donors and their taxpayers, the highest price is paid by people in the OPT according to a new report released by the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), a coalition of more than eighty international aid and development agencies said today.
In the 13 page report, Restricting Aid - The Challenges of Delivering Assistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the agencies call on the international community to urge Israel to remove the barriers impeding aid workers and related goods from moving freely to and between the communities they serve.
With one in four Palestinians living below the poverty line, the agencies say the restrictions further isolate communities from desperately needed aid- with vulnerable people paying the highest price.

Original article: Restricting AID: The Challenges of Delivering Assistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territory


Ha'aretz: After Rafah, Israel should open West Bank crossings

In an editorial from Ha'aretz:

The opening of the Rafah crossing is above all an important humanitarian gesture. As such, Israel should follow suit and open the crossings from the West Bank to Israel. The return of normal life to Gaza might encourage its citizens to put the brakes on terror. More importantly, the opening of the crossing will clearly show that Israel has decided to disengage from Gaza and abandon its all-but-direct occupation. But even without these strategic calculations, it's the human aspect that should guide the Israeli government.

Read the full article: After Rafah, Israel should open West Bank crossings


Haaretz: Israel opens its gates to the world, shuts them to Palestinians

In an editorial from Haaretz:

The covert deportation of West Bank residents in order to increase the number of Jews in the West Bank, like the declaration of land as "state land" to build settlements on it, is an example of the occupation's rotten fruit. Israel opens its gates to people from all over the world, who have the right of return. It lets them settle in Hebron and at the entrance to Nablus. It must immediately rectify the ongoing injustice caused to tens of thousands of Palestinians who were born in Hebron and raised children in Nablus.

Read the full article: Israel opens its gates to the world, shuts them to Palestinians


Gideon Levy: Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, or, democratic Israel at work

Gideon Levy writes in Haaretz:

It happened on the day after Independence Day, when Israel was immersed in praise of itself and its democracy almost ad nauseam, and on the eve of (virtually outlawed ) Nakba Day, when the Palestinian people mark the "catastrophe" - the anniversary of the creation of Israel. My colleague Akiva Eldar published what we have always known but for which we lacked the shocking figures he revealed: By the time of the Oslo Accords, Israel had revoked the residency of 140,000 Palestinians from the West Bank. In other words, 14 percent of West Bank residents who dared to go abroad had their right to return to Israel and live here denied forever. In other words, they were expelled from their land and their homes. In other words: ethnic cleansing.

Read the full article: Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, or, democratic Israel at work


Palestinians call on all people of conscience: Come visit Palestine this Summer

Palestinian civil society organizations and peace and human rights defenders and activists on the ground call on civil society organizations and people of conscience around the world to come to Palestine between July 8-19 for fellowship and actions. Entering Palestine through Ben Gurion airport in hundreds of people over 26 hours will send a message that we want Israel to recognize the basic human right of entering to Palestine by those who want to visit us. See the Right to Enter Campaign at http://www.righttoenter.ps/

Palestinians throughout historic Palestine and in exile still believe in and work for peace based upon justice and trust that with the help of the international community we will achieve our peace and freedom and restore the values and principles that we share as human beings.

We believe in nonviolence as a method to achieve implementation of International Law and Human Rights. We believe that every single one of us is a change maker, and nobody has the right to to deny us the access to suffering populations.

We invite you. We call upon you. Join us and be the change you want to see in this world. You will be accommodated locally and enjoy Palestinian hospitality and a full program of peace work in seven Palestinian towns and villages, networking, and fellowship.

Local activist groups in Europe, North America, Latin America, and other parts of the world are organizing delegations. Email us at info@palestinejn.org if you would like to be connected to the organizing group in your country


Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem's visa revoked

"Israel's Interior Ministry has revoked the permit for the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, The Rt Revd Suheil Dawani, to live in Jerusalem, and has refused requests to reinstate it, in spite of protests by Anglican authorities in the West specifically the United States." - Anglican Communion News Service: Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem's visa revoked


Palestinians Not Allowed Into Egypt
An official at the Egyptian Passport Control department stated, Wednesday, that instructions were handed down to the department to prevent the Palestinians from entering Egypt amidst the current protests against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
Your Opinion Counts
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RTE letter to OECD member states re tourism meeting in Jerusalem
A letter from the Right to Enter Campaign sent to European diplomatic representatives regarding the critical issue of the upcoming OECD tourism meeting to be held in Jerusalem. The letter was addressed to relevant Ministers of Foreign Affairs and sent on 20 September, 2010. It outlines key legal concerns regarding the meeting and notes the obligations of the OECD and its member countries. In particular, it warns about the dangers of acquiescence in unlawful acts on the part of Israel:
RTE OpEd on OECD Tourism summit in The Guardian
"Can the OECD stand up to Israel? The upcoming OECD tourism summit in Jerusalem will test its member countries' commitment to international law," by Sam Bahour and Charles Shamas, The Guardian, 12 October 2010
RTE Ad in Haaretz - Who's Next?
Check out the Campaign's ad in Haaretz!
Situation Update (January - August 2010)
Entry denials continue, Israeli entry denial policies culminate in murder, Military Order 1650 threatens 35,000 Gazans with deportation, as 86,000 Jerusalemites are stripped of their residency rights.
New Military Order (Order 1650) categorizes those living in the West Bank without the permits 'infiltrators.'
Human rights groups call for an end to the policy that allows the deportation of tens of thousands Palestinians and foreigners.
For foreign passport holders wishing to enter the oPt via Allenby Bridge
Important Notice (May 29, 2009)

RTE Meetings

Every Monday unless announced otherwise

Time: 5:00PM

Al-Haq offices, above K5M, Main street,

Ramallah


Tell State Department: End Discrimination against U.S. Citizens Abroad
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation-- In May 2012, U.S. citizen Sandra Tamari was detained and interrogated by the Israeli government as she landed at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport. When she called the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv for assistance, she was asked "Are you Jewish?" When she responded that she is Palestinian, the embassy refused to help her. This blatant discrmination, along with Israel's systematic discrimination against Palestinian-, Arab-, and Muslim-Americans, along with U.S. citizens of varied ethnic and religious backgrounds who seek to visit or show solidarity with Palestinian family or friends, is not acceptable. Sandra is visiting Washington, DC on June 26 to meet with the State Department to discuss her case and to end this policy of discrimination. We know that Sandra isn't alone in believing that the United States must ensure that all of its citizens are treated equally by our embassy in Tel Aviv and by Israel. Please sign this petition to the State Department calling for an end to these discriminatory policies and help us reach our goal of enabling Sandra to deliver 20,000 petition signatures to the State Department on June 26. To read the letter and sign the petition, click here: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10792
Did you know?
Did you know?
Since 1967, Israel has maintained complete control over the population registry of the oPt, and over the granting of permits to visit the oPt. This control continues to extend to the Rafah border crossing in the Gaza Strip even after Israel's disengagement in 2005. The Palestinians may merely administer the Rafah border crossing as per Israeli rules and regulations.
Did you know?
Since the end of 2000, Israel has stopped accepting requests for family unification for Palestinian residents of the oPt married to foreign nationals. Unification applications previously submitted to Israel by the Palestinian Authority have been almost completely frozen. PA's Ministry for Civil Affairs estimates that it has received more than 120,000 requests for unification since the end of 2000.
Did you know?
Since the end of 2000 Israel has also stopped granting visitor's permits to the oPt and by doing so closed the only legal way open to non-resident spouses to live with their resident families.
Did you know?
17.2% of Palestinian residents have at least one first-degree relative (spouse, parent, child or sibling) who has not been able to register in the population registry and therefore does not hold an Israeli-issued Palestinian ID-card. 78.4% of these families are affected by the current Israeli prohibition and freeze on family unification.
Did you know?
Due to Israel's policy since 2000 and the fear of being separated from their families, tens of thousands of foreign nationals and spouses of residents have become "persons staying illegally" in the oPt. If caught at Israeli checkpoints, these people may be immediately detained and deported.
Did you know that?
Due to the restrictions on family unification and the granting of visitor's permits, foreign passport holders have for years been relying on a system of continuously renewable 3-month (or shorter) tourist visas. Although such frequent visa renewals are time-consuming and costly, at least they used to be possible. This year there has been a dramatic increase in reported denied-entry cases. Israel is now refusing to accept these foreign nationals living and working in the oPt as "tourists" while having effectively closed off all other options to legally reside in the area.
Did you know that?
Since May 2006, the biggest university in the West Bank, Birzeit University, has seen a 50% decline in employees with foreign passports and lists the recent rise of visa-refusals as a significant attributable factor. Birzeit University hosts 400 non-resident students, all of whom are at risk of deportation or denial of entry upon their next visa-renewal.


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