Category Archives: Movement of people out of Gaza

How long before protocol written in gibberish is removed from an official army website?

COGAT website publishes an Arabic translation of the criteria for Palestinian travel in the occupied Palestinian territory. The protocol is the ugly face of the occupation. Continue reading

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A future interrupted

Three young entrepreneurs in Gaza started a hi-tech company called “Mutaurin”. It created unique applications, had contracts and pending contracts as well as new offices. It operated under closure and then came the military operation.
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What the MFA got wrong on Gaza

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a new communique entitled “Behind the Headlines: The Myth of an Israeli Siege on Gaza”. It’s worth reviewing some of their claims. Continue reading

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Gaza’s future: 15 facts that can’t be ignored

IsraeIi Minister of Transportation Israel Katz fantasizes about completely separating Israel and the West Bank from Gaza and he’s not alone. But reality bites and some things can’t just be wished away. Continue reading

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Due to rocket fire

Until recently, Palestinians could get a permit to travel from Gaza if they had a tragedy or a wedding in the family. Today, even this is all but impossible. Why? Continue reading

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Your application meets the criteria: Kindly wait and your request will be answered once it’s too late

We often write about how the criteria for Palestinians’ exit from the Strip are narrow and bizarre to the point of arbitrariness. Even those who do meet the criteria and against whom no security claims are raised go through a long and complicated bureaucratic ordeal which doesn’t always guarantee they’ll actually get to travel. Continue reading

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You didn't win Arab Idol? Kindly wait, and maybe your application will be answered in the next two years

More than 500 Palestinians in the West Bank are waiting for Israel to approve their change of address from Gaza to the West Bank. Until Israel does, they will continue to live with the constant threat of removal to the Gaza Strip. For Mohammed Assaf, the story goes a little differently. Continue reading

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What happens when 47 kids from Gaza try to get to music summer camp in the West Bank?

Some kids from Gaza wanted to go to music summer camp in the West Bank. We thought it would be simple. We were wrong. Continue reading

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Mohammed Assaf’s not in Gaza anymore

According to legend, in order to get to the Arab Idol auditions, Mohammed Assaf had to bribe border guards, climb a wall, and sing to hotel security. So how does he slip in so easily to Ramallah? Simple: he won the competition. Continue reading

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The lost footnotes of COGAT’s latest report

A new report by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories is comprehensive, thorough and informative, but it tells only part of the story. Gisha conjures up the footnotes COGAT left out, which we hope will help convey a more nuanced picture of the situation. Continue reading

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