Category Archives: Infrastructure

More than 30,000 people are still living in UNRWA schools in Gaza. What does that look like?

During Operation Protective Edge, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians took shelter in United Nations’ schools. Those whose homes were destroyed stayed. It’s been two-and-a-half months since the operation ended. Many people have been able to find temporary housing, many haven’t. A photo-journal. Continue reading

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Why Israel should allow construction materials to enter Gaza

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, many people have asked us if we still believe that restrictions on the entrance of construction materials to Gaza should be lifted. Since the answer to this question is yes and since it is not obvious why to many people, we attempt here to share the answers to your questions and arguments on the subject. Continue reading

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The closure didn’t stop the Gaza tunnels

Although Israel has been imposing restrictions on the entrance of construction materials to Gaza since 2007, tunnels were still built. How did this happen? Shattering an illusion. Continue reading

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Building in ruins

Israel’s decision to prevent the transfer of construction materials to Gaza’s private sector, and severely restrict materials for international projects, is entering its ninth month. The ban has further harmed Gaza’s economy and may have a serious impact on the entire region. Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky: Clarifications

Last week we posted a critique of Noam Chomsky’s article about Gaza. We received many positive responses, but also some criticism we would like to address. Continue reading

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What we want from Noam Chomsky

An article published by Noam Chomsky about his visit to Gaza made a lot of the noise on the net. What’s the problem? The facts. Continue reading

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A different kind of housing crisis

Tent cities have sprung up around the country, as people frustrated with the high cost of housing in Israel and inspired by campers on the tony Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv are sleeping outside and blocking main roads in protest.  … Continue reading

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Numbers, meet context

A new report by COGAT looks at statistics one year after the Israeli government decided to “expand the civilian policy toward the Strip” and “ease” the closure. How do the numbers look in the wider context? Continue reading

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De-constructing the construction boom

Early last week, the Israeli Army Spokesperson’s Unit announced “widespread construction” in the Gaza Strip after the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories approved 121 projects funded by international organizations. According to the report, following the approval, the Gaza economy was expected “to be bolstered”. Leaving aside the recurring declarations of approval of the same projects, construction is proceeding at a snail’s pace because Israel operates only a single crossing into the Gaza Strip – Kerem Shalom – through which all goods are transferred, leaving little room for building materials… Continue reading

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How to lift the closure of Gaza in three easy steps

Following Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister’s declaration last week, Gisha proposes three steps to end the closure while protecting security interests. Continue reading

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