“This year, we skipped importing specialty chocolates, so as to avoid losses”

The days leading up to Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, used to be the busiest time of year for A., a Gaza chocolate distributor. He and his staff would start planning four months before the holiday. This year, Because of the dire economic situation in Gaza, further exacerbated over the past year by Israel’s tightening of the closure and the Palestinian Authority delaying salary payments to its employees in Gaza, A. says no one is buying chocolate. Continue reading

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“Most of the customers just come to look or ask to pay later.”

Eid al-Fitr, which begins tomorrow, is traditionally a festive holiday and a new outfit is a must to mark the occasion. This year, The dire economic situation in Gaza, further exacerbated over the last year by Israel’s tightening of the closure and the Palestinian Authority delaying salary payments to its employees in Gaza, has impacted sales Continue reading

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The time for “humanitarian gestures” and punitive measures is up. Israel must recognize its responsibility for Gaza and take immediate action

Yesterday, the Israeli Security Cabinet convened for a discussion regarding possible measures to “assist with the humanitarian situation” in Gaza. It is both disturbing and discouraging to learn that the three-hour discussion was fruitless, and no decisions were reached. Israel’s political and military leadership have publicly acknowledged the substantial deterioration of living conditions in the Strip. Continue reading

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As the death toll mounts and amidst deteriorating humanitarian crisis, Gaza crossings closed

Today, the protests near the fence separating Gaza from Israel are reaching a peak, and along with them, so too has the number of people killed and injured by the Israeli military. Gisha reiterates that international law prohibits the use … Continue reading

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Do the right thing: Let Gaza’s people live

Gaza’s residents live in manufactured, premeditated, unnecessary distress. When hatred and severe restrictions fail, the time comes to consider alternatives. When there are no military quick-fixes to the situation, it’s time to move toward political solutions. Continue reading

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Dreams Deferred

“When I returned to my homeland I had promised myself never to leave. I wanted to contribute to my own society and community. That decision turned out to be very significant”.Mariam Abu Alatta, a project manager and fundraiser at Aisha – Association for Woman and Child Protection in Gaza, shares her inspiring story Continue reading

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What to do about Gaza?

Yesterday, the White House held a ‘brainstorming session’ to promote solutions for the humanitarian crisis in the Strip. Here are a few facts worth mentioning in any conversation about solutions for Gaza. Continue reading

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Change in Gaza can only begin when Israel recognizes its responsibility

There is a lot that can be done immediately to improve the situation in Gaza that does not involve massive financial investment or ambitious plans that would take years to implement Continue reading

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History will not forgive the sins against Gaza

“The impression is that Gaza is related to as a dangerous phenomenon, not as a home to its residents,” writes Gisha’s field coordinator from Gaza on the verge of collapse. Continue reading

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An hour’s drive that took 12 years

Honoring Human Rights Day 2017: A story about a mother and daughter, and the meaning of losing the right to freedom of movement. Continue reading

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