Published: 2021-06-11 10:46
Last Updated: 2021-06-12 20:49
The Minister of Tourism of the Israeli Occupation, Orit Farkash-Hacohen, announced Thursday that tourists fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be welcomed into the occupied territories starting July 1.
On Twitter, Orit wrote, "It is gratifying that the hard work of the Ministry of Tourism staff with the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs and the Interior today led the Minister of the Interior to the important announcement of easing conditions for the entry of vaccinated tourists and expanding entry for individual tourists to [the Israeli Occupation] starting July 1."
She noted that it is time for the Israeli Occupation to open their doors back up to tourists while exploiting their position as a immunized country for the benefit of the economy.
According to the plan, travelers will be permitted to enter the Israeli Occupation July 1, but the plan requires more details for approval.
The first group of tourists who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 arrived from the US to the occupied territories at the end of May, after more than a year of border closures due to the coronavirus crisis.
Notably, the Israeli Occupation decided - as part of a new program aimed at gradually reopening their doors to tourists - to first welcome people traveling via organized tours in order to easily trace their itinerary and thus avoid the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in the region.
As the Israeli Occupation begins to welcome tourists, it still remains unclear when they will relax blockade measures and restrictions on Palestinians.
Israeli Occupation air strikes on the Gaza Strip since May 10 have killed well over 200 Palestinians, rendering thousands homeless and laying waste to buildings and key infrastructure across the blockaded territory.
It was the latest such bombardment to hit the crowded coastal strip of some two million people, after three previous wars with the Israeli Occupation since 2008.
Such devastation has only heightened the need for supplies, rehabilitation and freedom of movement in Palestine.