Cold comfort

The siblings of a recently widowed woman cannot visit her because they’re in the West Bank and she’s in Gaza – separated by travel criteria Continue reading

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Wait, so when do we shoot?

How close to the fence can Palestinians from Gaza get before their lives are put at risk? It looks like even the IDF spokesperson isn’t quite sure. 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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Gaza Access and Movement: 2013 Summary

A year that began in the shadow of operation “Pillar of Defense” and saw tunnel activity stopped almost completely by Egypt – 2013 was not an easy one for Gaza’s residents. An info sheet. Continue reading

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Bennett is right: There is no siege on Gaza

On the same day that Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett says there is no siege on Gaza, senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office say that lifting the Gaza closure is out of the question. We clarify the terminology. Continue reading

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What does the future hold?

For the past three and a half months, Israel has prevented the transfer of construction materials to Gaza’s private sector, causing harm to the economy. Here are three stories looking at how the ban has impacted people’s lives.
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"Unfortunately, the population will have to pay"

Following rising tensions on the Gaza-Israel border, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon discusses his decision to stop the sale of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. The population, he says, will have to pay the price. Continue reading

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The tunnel to Ein Hashlosha: Five short questions

The IDF says that the tunnel that was uncovered last week was built using Israeli cement. What does it all mean? Continue reading

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How did the lulav do it?

For six years, goods from Gaza could not be sold in Israel and the West Bank – not strawberries, not tomatoes, not furniture. Only one product managed to crack the closure. How did the lulav do it? Continue reading

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Seven ways to avoid answering Freedom of Information applications

Every year, we send dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applications to state bodies. The conclusions so far: state authorities are fabulously creative when they do not want to answer. Seven short examples follow. Continue reading

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