Gaza students still barred from West Bank universities

Palestinian students from Gaza are still prevented by Israel from studying at West Bank universities, after an announcement last week to the contrary was retracted as a mistake, writes Ben White for Middle East Monitor.

On 18 February Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, or COGAT, announced that a quota of 50 students would be permitted to exit Gaza "for the purpose of academic studies" in the West Bank. However, as related by NGO Gisha, the very same evening, COGAT clarified that there had been a "clerical error" in the relevant document, and that there would be no such permits.

The Israeli government has opposed Palestinians from Gaza studying in the West Bank on the grounds of “security”. The High Court of Justice has also rejected petitions by human rights groups on the matter, including one filed on behalf of five women studying gender, democracy and law.
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