26 political parties, guess who’s talking about Gaza?

It’s been six months since the end of a lengthy military operation that brought about an unprecedented number of casualties and caused massive devastation and trauma. You would expect the upcoming election to make some mention of it, wouldn’t you? Continue reading

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What Gaza needs

Six months after Operation Protective Edge, Gaza’s reconstruction is advancing at an agonizingly slow pace, and access restrictions are crushing. In the spring of 2014, we began working on a new position paper, which has become more relevant than ever Continue reading

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Gaza Access and Movement: 2014 Summary

The last year was one of the most difficult that Palestinian residents of Gaza have seen. Were there also flickers of hope for a fundamental change to the closure policy? The year in summary. Continue reading

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Gisha’s five most popular blog posts of 2014

Throughout 2014, we contributed to the conversation on Gaza through reliable and up-to-date information, providing context about the situation in the broadest and most accurate way possible. A look at our five most popular blog posts of the year. Continue reading

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The tale of a fish from Gaza

In central Ramallah, a modest sign of progress toward reconnecting the two parts of the Palestinian territory: for the first time in seven years, fish from Gaza was sold in the West Bank. Continue reading

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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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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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Former defense minister gives the reason for the closure: “Inertia”

In a talk given at an Institute for National Security Studies conference, former deputy prime minister, Dan Meridor, recounted what happened when he asked once what exactly was behind the closure policy. Continue reading

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The bittersweet story of the Al-Awda factory

For 37 years, Mohammed Tilbani, a beacon of business ingenuity and social responsibility, has been producing sweets in the Gaza Strip. This summer, his life’s work was burned to the ground after his factory was hit by Israeli artillery fire in Operation Protective Edge. His chance at renewal is Gaza’s chance. Continue reading

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