On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Gisha filed a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the military authority in charge of implementing Israel’s policy vis-à-vis Palestinian travel between Gaza, Israel, the West Bank, and abroad. In it, we request details about COGAT’s travel policy since March 8, 2020, at Erez Crossing, referred to by COGAT as the “coronavirus closure.” Gisha asked how many times and on what dates the decision to tighten movement restrictions at Erez had been reevaluated, by whom, and whether any bodies other than COGAT had been consulted.

Gisha also asked to be provided with the transcripts of discussions in which the “coronavirus closure” has been reevaluated with other officials, and asked COGAT to detail the factual basis and the public health and epidemiological considerations underlying the decision, including the information that was made available to the decision makers, expert opinions, and the epidemiological findings, assessments and recommendations.

See the full Freedom of Information request filed by Gisha (Hebrew) here.