Romance as Resistance!

The ‘Israeli’ Occupation invented 101 different types of permits to restrict the movement of Palestinians, whether within the Occupied West Bank cities, towns and villages. Or between West Bank and Occupied Palestine 1948 territories ‘Israel’ or with the outside world ….. According to an occupation agency document of which Haaretz [an’ Israeli’ newspaper] obtained a copy.

Haaretz: …. ‘’The most common permits are those allowing Palestinians to work in ‘Israel’, or in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Over the decades, however, the permit regimen has grown into a vast, triple-digit bureaucracy.

There are separate permits for worshipers who attend Friday prayers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and for clerics working at the site; for unspecified clergy and for church employees. Medical permits differentiate between physicians and ambulance drivers, and between “medical emergency staff” and “medical staff in the seam zone,” meaning the border between ‘Israel’ and the West Bank. There is a permit for escorting a patient in an ambulance and one for simply escorting a patient.

There are separate permits for traveling to a wedding in the West Bank or traveling to a wedding in ‘Israel’, and also for going to ‘Israel’ for a funeral, a work meeting, or a court hearing.

The ‘separation fence, gave rise to an entirely new category of permits, for farmers cut off from their fields. Thus, for instance, there is a permit for a “farmer in the seam zone,” not to be confused with the permit for a “permanent farmer in the seam zone.”

Human rights organizations have challenged the permit regime on various grounds.

According to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, international agencies operating in the West Bank waste an estimated 20 percent of their working days on permits from the ‘Civil Administration’ – applying for them, renewing them and sorting out problems.

The checkpoint-monitoring organization Machsom Watch claims that the Shin Bet security service uses the permit regime to recruit informers. Palestinians whose permit requests are rejected “for security reasons” are often invited to meetings with Shin Bet agents, who then offer “assistance” in obtaining the desired permits in exchange for information’’….

Source: Haaretz

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