September 30, 2022
Middle East

New Israeli rules on West Bank entry: Controversial regulations delayed and amended


/ Shows / Middle East matters Issued on: 07/09/2022 – 14:55


MIDDLE EAST MATTERS © FRANCE 24 Israeli authorities are pushing to impose new restrictions on foreigners who wish to visit or live in the West Bank. Human rights groups say the measures will have serious consequences for thousands of people who are married to or in relationships with Palestinians. The regulations, which were due to come into effect this week, have now been amended and their implementation delayed until October after being challenged in the courts. For more, we hear from one of the NGOs that took up the case: Jessica Montell, executive director of the Israeli NGO HaMoked.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army this week conceded that one of its soldiers likely shot Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh. A final investigation into the killing of the Al Jazeera journalist, who died while covering an Israeli raid in May, found that she’d been mistaken for a militant. Her family says Israeli authorities are refusing to take responsibility for her murder. 

Meanwhile, Iran has one of the world’s highest rates of cosmetic surgery, with an estimated quarter of a million women undergoing procedures in the country each year. It’s also increasingly attracting patients from across the Middle East – particularly from neighbouring Iraq – who are drawn by affordable rates and highly-skilled surgeons. Our correspondents Reza Sayah, Siavosh Ghazi and Payman Taheri report from Tehran.

Finally, we look at a tradition that dates back to the third millennium BC and plays an important role in ancient Egyptian ceremonial life. A thriving winemaking scene was set up in the Nile Delta during the time of the Pharaohs. While the modern industry is relatively small-scale on an international level, Egypt is one of the main wine producers within the Middle East. Our correspondents Edouard Dropsy, Justine Babin and Matthew Thompson report.

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