Israel plans to ban Palestinians from visiting the West and East Jerusalem, the country’s tourism minister announced Friday.
The announcement comes amid growing tensions between the two sides.
The minister said that Palestinian visitors to Israel will be barred from entering the country if they are deemed “dangerous to public security.”
He said the ban would be implemented within a few months, but said that it would be up to the local authorities to decide what measures to take.
It is a step that could lead to the end of the West-Israel-Palestine peace process, which ended in 1994, when Israel and the Palestinians signed the Oslo Accords.
Israel considers Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds as “terrorists” and has repeatedly tightened restrictions on Palestinians.
It has also imposed a security blockade on the Palestinian territories.
Since the Oslo accords, Israel has imposed a series of restrictions, including a one-month closure of the Palestinian refugee camps in the West of the country and the demolition of Palestinian homes.
The move has led to frequent protests in the Palestinian cities of Bethlehem and Nablus, which is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The United Nations estimates that more than 500,000 Palestinians have been displaced by Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.