News Release - For immediate release - Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sharif has been working as a lawyer to promote human rights in the Gaza Strip in a non-partisan setting since 2005.
The goal of the study program is to train professionals to help build a democratic Palestinian society.
There is no program of the kind in the Gaza Strip.
Israel has no security claim against Ms.
Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement submitted an urgent petition to the High Court of Justice yesterday concerning Ms.
Fatma Sharif, a 29-year-old lawyer who wishes to travel from Gaza via Israel to attend a Master's Degree program in human rights and democracy at Birzeit University in the West Bank.
The petition was submitted after Israeli authorities denied her request on the grounds that it did not meet the criteria set by Israel for the exit of people from the Gaza Strip in 'humanitarian and exceptional cases' only.
The refusal to allow Ms.
Sharif to travel is contrary to Israel's recent declaration of a significant easing of the 'civilian closure' of the Gaza Strip.