Category Archives: economic development

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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The dual use list finally gets published but it’s the opposite of useful

Following a prolonged legal battle, COGAT has finally published the “list of dual-use items.” Though this is a step in the right direction, the list itself continues to be highly problematic; the classification of thousands of items as dual-use greatly hinders economic development in Gaza. Continue reading

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Groundhog Day in Gaza

In the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” the star finds himself in a time loop in which he wakes up again and again to find it’s the same day. Israel seems convinced that it, too, is in a time loop, in which it is destined to wake up again and again to find itself in a military operation in Gaza Continue reading

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The long road to Gaza

An Israeli Ministry of Transportation decision to limit traffic on the road leading to Gaza’s sole commercial crossing has been delayed thanks to a court petition. Meanwhile, Israel’s Minister of Defense announced that he gave orders to open Erez Crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, to traffic of commercial goods. A solution must be found to the dangerous conditions on the road leading to Kerem Shalom, but one that preserves access for goods to and from Gaza. Continue reading

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Checking the “dual-use” list twice

The items Israel classifies as “dual-use”- that is, items that can be used for both civilian and military purposes – whose entrance to the Gaza Strip is restricted, is much broader than international standards dictate. In the balance between security needs and harm to civilian lives, it appears that Gaza residents don’t even figure. Continue reading

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The good news: The cabinet talked about the policy on Gaza. The bad news: No change is in sight

After years of mounting evidence that the Israeli Security Cabinet had not properly deliberated its Gaza policy, suddenly it appears it has. The only trouble is that there’s no sign of change on the ground. Continue reading

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COGAT’s PR is only in English – what’s he saying and to whom?

For over five months, the website of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has been down. Information COGAT puts out is published on social media and only in English. This is what it looks like when hasbara (propaganda) replaces information an official government body is obligated to provide to the public Continue reading

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Wood is also essential for reconstruction

A man from Gaza was arrested in late August for allegedly selling construction materials to militant operatives in the Strip. Construction materials have continued to enter Gaza despite this and rightfully so. For the same reason, Israel must allow entrance of wood to the Strip Continue reading

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Marketing of furniture from Gaza in Israel permitted – wood to the make the furniture is not

Israel recently announced it would allow sale of Gaza-made furniture in its territory. Why weren’t Gaza’s furniture manufacturers pleased? Israel all but bans wood from entering the Strip. The latest farce, brought to you by the Gaza closure. Continue reading

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