Category Archives: Movement of people out of Gaza

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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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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Muhi: Generally Temporary: Film review and Gisha’s footnotes

Documentaries aren’t meant to produce movie stars, but “Muhi: Generally Temporary,” a new documentary by photojournalists Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman certainly does. Muhammad El Farrah, or as he’s known in the film, Muhi, is a young Palestinian boy from Gaza with a rare medical condition. Continue reading

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A procedure so special it applies to no one

Response to Gisha’s Freedom of Information request reveals: Procedure allegedly enabling Gaza residents to relocate to the West Bank in exceptional circumstances is in fact designed for rejecting applications rather than accepting them. Continue reading

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Freedom of movement – a right I took for granted until…

Noam Rabinovich was drawn to reflect on her own experience when Gisha took on the case of R., a young woman of 16 from Gaza who was accepted to a United World College, but needed our intervention to get a travel permit to attend school Continue reading

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Selective hearing

One of the outcomes of the closure of Gaza is that toddlers with hearing impairments are less likely to receive the life-changing treatment that allows them a chance at hearing. It’s yet another side effect of movement restrictions, and particularly, the separation policy’s impact on civil society organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. Continue reading

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Lost in Translation

After a long legal battle, COGAT was forced to translate documents to Arabic for the benefit of Palestinians, but produced meaningless texts Continue reading

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“Restrictions on freedom of movement take a toll on women in the Gaza Strip”

International Women’s Day: The founder of the Center for Women’s Legal Research and Consulting in the Gaza Strip devotes her life to a more equitable world 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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Medical treatment in jeopardy for thousands

COGAT’s list of exceptions to the ban on travel from Gaza no longer includes a quota that allowed access to medical treatment for thousands of people in need of “non-urgent” care Continue reading

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