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The Permit Regime

The Permit Regime

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Human Rights Violations in West Bank Areas Known as the “Seam Zone”
Human Rights Violations in West Bank Areas Known as the “Seam Zone”

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than one person, for instance, for a few

members of the same family.

through telephone calls to the relevant military

offcials with the object of fnding a speedy solution

to the problem. However, the activity conducted

through the emergency hotline, the publication of the

statistics regarding the number of permits issued and

the disclosure of the Standing Orders have brought

HaMoked to the realization that it must intensify its

activity on this issue. As a result, at the beginning

of 2010, HaMoked began providing assistance to

Palestinians who contacted it with regards to the

“seam zone” from the moment the application for a

permit is fled until the end of the administrative or

legal proceeding. Since any “seam zone” permit is

temporary by defnition, HaMoked also handles the

repeated renewals of the permits. HaMoked’s work

on this issue includes communicating with military

authorities and the State Attorney’s Offce and taking

legal action. In addition, HaMoked continues to receive

complaints through the emergency hotline and to

provide immediate assistance to the extent possible

2010

2009

119

6

3

365

43

49

8

15

11

134

159

32

34

4

187

260

50

27

2011

2012

(to end of June)

Calls to emergency

hotline, “seam zone”

and separation wall

Files opened by

HaMoked 44

Written

communications

to the military

Hearings

Petitions

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The Bureaucratic-
Legal Process for
Receiving a Permit
for the “Seam Zone”

The permit regime contradicts the norms and principles

of international law. Yet, in addition to its unlawfulness,

the manner in which it is effectively implemented

by the military precludes Palestinian residents of the

West Bank from any possibility of leading a normal

life. In the “seam zone,” even trivial, simple actions

such as going to work, returning home from school or

visiting relatives come up against a wall of bureaucratic

requirements.

Ostensibly, the process for obtaining a permit for the

“seam zone” is simple: Palestinians, and, as aforesaid,

only Palestinians, who wish to enter the parts of the

West Bank that are beyond the separation wall must

submit an application in writing. If this application

is rejected, they may fle an administrative appeal

against the rejection45

and the matter is heard by a

military committee. If the committee also rejects the

application, the applicants may petition the Supreme

Court sitting as the High Court of Justice. However,

everyday reality shows that what lies behind this

simple description of the phases for obtaining a permit

is a Sisyphean process that costs a signifcant amount

of time and money. This process is composed of

complicated and intricate military working protocols that

make it very diffcult for applicants to obtain the permit

and often render the entire endeavor impossible

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