Is getting a timely response too much to ask?

Once in a while decisions are made that manage to surprise even us. This time, the authorities decided that they can respond to requests to travel from Gaza whenever they feel like it, even long after the requests are no longer relevant Continue reading

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Catching the right wave

Young surfers are a rare sight on Gaza’s long and beautiful coastline. One American organization hopes to change that and is sending Ibrahim Arafat from Gaza all the way to Hawaii to receive training on opening and running a community center for surfing. Six months later, Israel allows the surfer to exit Gaza. Continue reading

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Dangerous seas

Last Saturday, a fisherman was killed off the coast of the Gaza Strip and two more were injured by fire from an Israeli naval ship. Although the official permitted fishing zone in Gaza is six miles, the fishermen claim that they are being shot at a distance of only four miles off the coast. Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – Everywhere but Gaza

A delegation of women invited to Europe to speak about the plight of women living in armed conflict was not able to travel because, as a result of the conflict, their request to exit Gaza was denied. The irony might have been appreciated if it weren’t so infuriating. Continue reading

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26 political parties, guess who’s talking about Gaza?

It’s been six months since the end of a lengthy military operation that brought about an unprecedented number of casualties and caused massive devastation and trauma. You would expect the upcoming election to make some mention of it, wouldn’t you? Continue reading

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What Gaza needs

Six months after Operation Protective Edge, Gaza’s reconstruction is advancing at an agonizingly slow pace, and access restrictions are crushing. In the spring of 2014, we began working on a new position paper, which has become more relevant than ever Continue reading

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Gaza Access and Movement: 2014 Summary

The last year was one of the most difficult that Palestinian residents of Gaza have seen. Were there also flickers of hope for a fundamental change to the closure policy? The year in summary. Continue reading

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Gisha’s five most popular blog posts of 2014

Throughout 2014, we contributed to the conversation on Gaza through reliable and up-to-date information, providing context about the situation in the broadest and most accurate way possible. A look at our five most popular blog posts of the year. Continue reading

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The tale of a fish from Gaza

In central Ramallah, a modest sign of progress toward reconnecting the two parts of the Palestinian territory: for the first time in seven years, fish from Gaza was sold in the West Bank. Continue reading

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More than 30,000 people are still living in UNRWA schools in Gaza. What does that look like?

During Operation Protective Edge, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians took shelter in United Nations’ schools. Those whose homes were destroyed stayed. It’s been two-and-a-half months since the operation ended. Many people have been able to find temporary housing, many haven’t. A photo-journal. Continue reading

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