Restricting movement, dividing a people

A lot has changed since the Israeli navy intercepted the Mavi Marmara in 2010, but one basic tenet has remained in the policy on Gaza – separation between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. A new position paper analyzes the policy, the damage it has done, and its legality. Continue reading

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Let them study

Hundreds of students from Gaza are enrolled in universities abroad for the coming academic year. Since Rafah Crossing remains closed most of the time, the only practical route goes through Israel. In theory, the Israeli authorities have no objection, so what’s the problem? Continue reading

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The man who cooks with the sun

A story of ingenuity and creativity: Khaled Bashir lives in the Gaza Strip, and like everyone in Gaza, he too suffers from a never-ending shortage of electricity and gas. Unlike everyone else, Bashir invented a solar oven. Necessity yields slow, healthy and environmentally friendly cooking Continue reading

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The Ministry of Economic Defense

We asked the security establishment for information about the procedures for transit of goods from Gaza in the West Bank. Instead of procedures, we received a complex list of considerations. Surprisingly, none of them are related to security Continue reading

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It’s Freedom of Information Week in Israel – What about at the Defense Ministry?

Seventeen years ago, the Knesset passed the Freedom of Information Act, obligating public authorities to be transparent in their operations. What seems self-evident is far from being a reality, especially when those who need the information are Palestinian Continue reading

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Pressing play on a paused economy

In November 2014, Israel canceled the sweeping ban on sale of Gaza-made and grown goods in the West Bank. Against this backdrop, we gathered leading figures in five manufacturing sectors in Gaza in order to hear from them about the obstacles they face on the way to realizing their potential and about their hope for a better future. Continue reading

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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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