Category Archives: scale of control

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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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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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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Who’s afraid of the dentist?

Israeli authorities seized trucks transporting medical equipment into Gaza and refused to let the supplies enter the Strip. Why? Because of miniscule quantities of mercury contained in substances used to make dental fillings. Another small example of the endless absurdity called “the closure on 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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Love in the time of closure

This Valentine’s Day we bring you three stories of love as experienced under closure. 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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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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(Re)-introducing the functional approach to occupation

The International Committee of the Red Cross has officially adopted the position known as “the functional approach” to the question of occupation. We’ll use it as an opportunity to re-examine the functional approach and explain how it’s connected to Israel’s policies in Gaza Continue reading

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