Easter accommodations for Gaza, Judea and Samaria Christians

COGAT arranges for thousands of Christians from Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip to enter Israel in honor of the upcoming Easter holiday

Date: 05/04/2012, 8:39 PM     Author: IDF Website

As part of the accommodations Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) arranges in honor of the upcoming Easter holiday, Israel approved the departure of 500 Christians from the Gaza Strip to Israel and Judea and Samaria. Additionally over 20 thousand entry permits to Israel were issued to Christians from Judea and Samaria.

Just today, COGAT coordinated the departure of 107 Christians from the Gaza Stip. 400 additional Gaza residents celebrating Easter are expected o depart throughout the week of the holiday.

COGAT in action

Last month and for the first time since 2007, COGAT approved the export of two trucks loaded with dates from the Gaza Strip to Judea and Samaria.

Approximately one month prior, COGAT enabled export of tomatoes grown in the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007. The fresh crops were exported to markets in Jordan via the Allenby Bridge.The crops were exported just a few days ago via the Kerem Shalom crossing. During the tomato export, 30 tons of produce were transferred in two separate trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing and the entered Jordan via the Allenby Bridge.

As part of the agricultural export from the Gaza Strip to European markets, over 460 tons of strawberries, 40 tons of peppers 17 tons of cherry tomatoes and 1.5 million carnation flowers were exported during the recent season.

COGAT will continue working with the Erez District Coordination Liaison to efficiently enable gradual export from the Gaza Strip to markets abroad and in general.This is part of the financial and civilian decree the Israeli government is obligated to fulfill in accordance with the current security conditions. In addition it assists in matters of health, education, agriculture and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip as well as in Judea and Samaria on a daily basis.

The COGAT Unit is subordinate to the Minister of Defense and is part of the General Staff. The unit carries out and implements civilian policy of the government of Israel in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip in coordination and conjunction with the Prime Minister's Office, other government ministries, the security forces and the IDF General Staff.

As part of its activities with the international community, COGAT facilitates the activities of international organizations active in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip including in matters pertaining to infrastructure, education, health and housing projects and the implementation of humanitarian aid programs. It works with the CLA of the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria's Civil Administration to facilitate entrance of supplies such as gas, building materials, electrical appliances, ceramic parts, wheat and other foods, hygienic products and more.