Category Archives: economic development

“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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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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Bursting at the seams with potential

The textile industry has historically been one of the most important sectors of Gaza’s economy. Starting at the end of 2014, there was a narrow opening for the renewed sale of Gaza-made goods in the West Bank and then Israel and the sector began to recover. Unfortunately, blocks on permits and other restrictions are obstructing further progress. Continue reading

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10 things that can be done to improve economic activity in Gaza

A new animated film by Gisha explores the impact of restrictions on freedom of movement on life in Gaza, particularly since 2007, through the story of Noor, an imaginary character, who encounters the owner of Al Awda, Tilbani, the Strip’s real-life Willy Wonka. Continue reading

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A strawberry’s journey

In October 2014, in the wake of the destruction left by Operation Protective Edge and for the first time since the closure on Gaza was imposed in June 2007, Israel decided to allow limited sale of produce from Gaza in … Continue reading

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Solar power to the people

Given the troubled state of Gaza’s existing power grid and a chronic lack of electricity, alternative methods of producing energy could be a literal lifeline for the two million residents of the Strip. Solar energy, harnessing the abundant sunshine of … Continue reading

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