The Israeli Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, approved Palestinian citizens of Israel to visit their relatives in the Gaza Strip.

This follows a request made on Friday by the Arab Knesset Members, Talab Al Sani'e to allow the Palestinian citizens of Israel to visit their relatives during this holiday period which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.  Al Sani'e strongly appealed to the Defense Minister, on behalf of all of those who have not been able to visit their relatives for years, to allow them access at this significant time. 

The Gaza Strip has been sealed by the Israeli army relatives since the start of the second Intifada in 2000; not allowing Palestinians from either the West Bank or Israel access, justifying this claiming it is on behalf of security reasons. 

Talab Al Sani'e commented on the decision of the defense minister, saying:  "I give this humanitarian decision my blessing and I hope this move will be a positive move and it will be part of several positive moves to liaise the Palestinian residents traveling through check points to visit their relatives or the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and a positive move to stop attacks on the Palestinian nation in the West Bank and the Gaza strip."

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