Controversial clauses removed, new West Bank rules for foreigners’ entry take effect

New guidelines for entry into the West Bank by foreign nationals, which were recently revised due to some controversial rules, have gone into effect.

Israel reversed clauses requiring visitors to notify Israel if any of them start a relationship with a Palestinian, after coming under pressure from US President Joe Biden’s administration and European governments last month.

The new draft of the rules also allows for the extension of foreigners’ visas from 90 days to 180 days.

In addition, COGAT, the Defense Ministry body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs, has removed quotas on visiting lecturers and students at Palestinian universities, originally set at 100 teachers and 150 students.

The rules will be in effect for a two-year trial period, during which further adjustments can be made to the regulations.

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