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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How long before protocol written in gibberish is removed from an official army website?

COGAT website publishes an Arabic translation of the criteria for Palestinian travel in the occupied Palestinian territory. The protocol is the ugly face of the occupation. Continue reading

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A future interrupted

Three young entrepreneurs in Gaza started a hi-tech company called “Mutaurin”. It created unique applications, had contracts and pending contracts as well as new offices. It operated under closure and then came the military operation.
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Former defense minister gives the reason for the closure: “Inertia”

In a talk given at an Institute for National Security Studies conference, former deputy prime minister, Dan Meridor, recounted what happened when he asked once what exactly was behind the closure policy. Continue reading

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The bittersweet story of the Al-Awda factory

For 37 years, Mohammed Tilbani, a beacon of business ingenuity and social responsibility, has been producing sweets in the Gaza Strip. This summer, his life’s work was burned to the ground after his factory was hit by Israeli artillery fire in Operation Protective Edge. His chance at renewal is Gaza’s chance. Continue reading

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The public’s right to know

The slow drip of information on possible changes to Gaza access policy are a reminder that we, the people of Gaza and Israel, who were under fire for 50 days, know very little about what our leaders are up to. Don’t we have a right to know what was agreed upon in Cairo that brought Operation Protective Edge to an end, and what about the other things that are up for discussion at the negotiating table? Continue reading

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What the MFA got wrong on Gaza

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a new communique entitled “Behind the Headlines: The Myth of an Israeli Siege on Gaza”. It’s worth reviewing some of their claims. Continue reading

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Why Israel should allow construction materials to enter Gaza

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, many people have asked us if we still believe that restrictions on the entrance of construction materials to Gaza should be lifted. Since the answer to this question is yes and since it is not obvious why to many people, we attempt here to share the answers to your questions and arguments on the subject. Continue reading

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The closure didn’t stop the Gaza tunnels

Although Israel has been imposing restrictions on the entrance of construction materials to Gaza since 2007, tunnels were still built. How did this happen? Shattering an illusion. Continue reading

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