In 1967, after the war, Israel declared that the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be closed military zones, making all entries and exits from the regions subject to prior military approval. As a result, entries of foreigners to the occupied Palestinian territories (the oPt) via Israeli ports of entry require a permit. This requirement also applies to foreign nationals of Palestinian origin, as well as to Palestinians previously registered with the Palestinian Population Registry but whose status had been revoked by Israel.
Our firm assists foreigners wishing to enter the West Bank and Gaza Strip for various purposes. Our firm has assisted doctors seeking to enter the Gaza Strip to provide humanitarian aid and to train local doctors. Applications for entry are submitted to the Office of the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), and when necessary, our firm petitions the High Court of Justice on behalf of applicants.
Our firm also represents Palestinians wishing to exit the oPt to enter Israel or travel abroad.
The Law Offices of Bechor & Ben-Hillel also assists foreign nationals wishing to work at international humanitarian organizations in Israel and the oPt. We submit applications for work visas on their behalf and file appeals when necessary.