Category Archives: Infrastructure

Gaza’s sewage is overflowing

The ongoing electricity crisis in Gaza is impacting the coast, and not just in Gaza. Now, the fear is that what small efforts were made in recent years to make improvements to Gaza’s crumbling infrastructure may come to naught. Continue reading

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The Gaza electricity crisis – FAQs

Confused about the current electricity crisis? You’ll find everything you need to know here in these FAQs prepared by Gisha. Continue reading

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With Gaza’s electricity crisis worsening, residents face imminent danger

May 3, 2017. Further constraints on Gaza’s electricity supply would be catastrophic. All parties must cooperate now to find solutions. 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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Hand on the Switch

A new report by Gisha takes an in-depth look at the grim state of Gaza’s electricity, water, sewage and communications infrastructure. The report describes how we got to this point and, for the first time, outlines and analyzes the responsibility shared among the various actors at play in the Gaza Strip today. 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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Gaza Fact Check: 10 myths for 10 years of disengagement

A decade ago, Israel removed its settlements and dismantled its last remaining military base inside the Gaza Strip. Since then, the myth-making about Israel’s policy in Gaza has thrived. How close are the myths to reality? Continue reading

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Protective Edge: One year later – too little has changed

A year after Operation Protective Edge was launched, data collected by Gisha shows an alarming gap between the rhetoric about mobilizing for Gaza’s reconstruction and the harsh reality on the ground Continue reading

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What Gaza needs

Six months after Operation Protective Edge, Gaza’s reconstruction is advancing at an agonizingly slow pace, and access restrictions are crushing. In the spring of 2014, we began working on a new position paper, which has become more relevant than ever Continue reading

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