Photo Credit: Andrew McIntire / TPS
Erez Crossing on the Israel-Gaza border

The holiday closure at the crossings between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is to begin this Thursday at midnight.

All of the crossings will be closed to citizens of the Palestinian Authority and affects Gaza as well as PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

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The closure will last eight days, from Thursday at midnight until the following Saturday night at midnight, April 7th.

The decision follows an Israeli security assessment which is routinely carried out prior to each Jewish holiday.

The policy, however, is a standard one and exceptions are always made for humanitarian, medical and other special cases. Each of those requires the approval of the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

Terrorist attacks and other violence by Arab attackers usually escalates around the time of the Jewish holidays, hence the extra cautionary measures.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.