Thanks to TN, I can now inform you that the Gazans allowed to travel to Jerusalem to pray at the Haram A-Sharif (here) not only have been benefiting from a privilege that I do not think they deserve, one that is not granted to a Jew, especially as they come from a Hamas regime area, but as the Civil Administration admits, they are taking advantage of and sneaking off to the Galilee and other places to remain in Israel.
(see Update below)
Here's one post:
Here's a news item that I see confirms:
More than 200 Palestinians from the besieged Gaza Strip traveled to occupied East Jerusalem on Friday to attend prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Palestinian liaison officials...The number of Palestinians permitted to worship at Al-Aqsa was reduced by Israel earlier this year...A spokesperson for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma'an at the time that Israeli authorities decided to reduce the quota of permits for Palestinians to travel to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers as a result of Hamas and other groups "choosing to use the crossing permits given to them illegally."
We are increasing our demographic imbalance (not to mention potential future terror activities) - and for prayer privileges that Jews cannot enjoy?
Maybe you'd like to discuss this matter with them?
Public Ombudsman at the Unit's HQ and the Civil Administration
Or with your favorite MK?
Israel cancels permits for elderly Gazans traveling to Al-Aqsa for Friday prayers
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Israeli authorities cancelled weekly permits allowing elderly Gazans to travel to occupied East Jerusalem on Fridays to attend prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
An official at the Palestinian liaison office told Ma’an that Israeli authorities decided to cancel the weekly visits of Palestinians in Gaza to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque due to Palestinian worshipers not returning directly back to the Gaza Strip after prayers, in violation of the permit conditions.
However, the official added that Israel would continue to permit 100 Palestinians who are UNRWA employees, the UN agency responsible for providing services to some five million Palestinian refugees, to travel to Al-Aqsa for prayers.
100 UNRWA employees travel from Gaza Strip to attend prayers at Al-AqsaDec. 9, 2016 11:08 A.M.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- One hundred employees of UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for providing services to some five million Palestinian refugees around the Middle East, traveled from the besieged Gaza Strip to occupied East Jerusalem to perform Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as Israeli authorities cancelled the permits of 150 other Palestinians typically permitted to pray at the holy site.
Palestinian liaison officials told Ma’an that 100 UNRWA employees traveled via the Erez borader crossing between the coastal enclave and Israel to travel to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and added that the 150 Palestinians whose permits are arranged by Gaza’s Civil Affairs Committee were prevented from attending prayers, as Israeli authorities have continuously accused Palestinians of not returning to the Gaza Strip immediately following the visit.
A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma'an that the permits were cancelled as a result of "many [Palestinians] exploiting the permits and staying illegally in Israel."
"In spite of the agreements with the Palestinian side, Gaza residents have continued to exploit the permits and so it was decided to reduce the amount of permits given for travel to Jerusalem Fridays, in a similar step that was taken a few weeks ago," the statement continued, adding that "we will not allow for this abuse of Israel's civil policy to continue."