Civil Administration

Established by Israel in 1981 as a part of the Israeli military and what is now Civil Administration of Government Activities in the Territories, the Civil Administration oversees all civil matters for Jewish Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents in Areas C of the West Bank, as well as some administrative matters for Palestinians living in other areas of the West Bank and Gaza (see Areas A, B, C). More specifically, the Civil Administration is responsible for issuing travel permits from the West Bank and Gaza to Israel and within the West Bank, work permits for Palestinians entering Israel to work, in addition to any kind of construction permits or demolitions in Israeli settlements and on Palestinian land in Area C . See “Five Facts about the Civil Administration.” 19 May 2011. Israeli Defense Forces. 23 June 2011. For a critique of the Civil Administration’s construction permit and demolition practices toward Palestinians, see “Israel: Halt Home Demolitions.” 21 June 2011. Human Rights Watch. 23 June 2011. See also Permits, House Demolitions and Settlements.