Q&A on the Palmer report

The Palmer Commission, appointed by the UN secretary-general to investigate the events surrounding the Gaza flotilla in 2010, is expected to publish its report tomorrow. According to media reports, the commission is likely to find that Israel was within its rights to stop the vessels on their approach to Gaza, but will criticize the excessive use of force during the operation. Below, Gisha offers responses to several questions regarding legal status of the flotilla, the closure, and the connection between the two Continue reading

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The defense minister goes green with a new recycling program in Gaza

To mark the month of Ramadan, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved a series of gestures toward Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. At first glance, these gestures appear to be good news, but further examination reveals that most of them … 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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Who's stringing along the Quartet?

Today, the Quartet on the Middle East is meeting in Washington. The United Nations’ secretary general and the American, Russian and European Union foreign ministers are expected to discuss UN recognition of a Palestinian state and stalled peace negotiations. These … Continue reading

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Doing the math – 1.6 million people, zero export

At the time when preparations for the flotilla are underway, we wish to focus on the situation in Gaza and on the fact that Israel continues to prohibit export of goods from the Strip. Continue reading

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The top 10 reasons why the opening of Rafah Crossing just doesn't cut it

In no particular order of importance, we thought we’d list some of the reasons why the opening of Rafah, while significant and helpful, doesn’t meet all of Gaza’s needs for access and why, as some voices in Israel have recently suggested, it can’t serve as Gaza’s only access point… Continue reading

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More mainstream than mainstream

Gisha is not alone. Over the last year, a growing number of voices in the Israeli media have called for an end to the closure of the Gaza Strip. The speakers – foremost among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – represent a broad spectrum of opinion in the Israeli public… Continue reading

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A window of opportunity for Israel

As much as the expected opening of Rafah Crossing is welcome, Israel still bears an obligation to allow for movement into and out of the Gaza Strip, including between Gaza and the West Bank. Gisha believes there is now a window of opportunity for Israel to initiate a coordinated operation of the crossings. 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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