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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Has Gisha lost it?

By Tania Hary The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, which, among others things oversees what and who comes in and out of Gaza, recently published its monthly report for July. The numbers published in the report reveal that, … Continue reading

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What happened to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza?

The official blog of the Israeli army recently featured a photo of a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, claiming the image was from Gaza. It may have been an honest mistake, but there is a lesson to be learned from it. 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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Why you should know Hala

We can’t help Hala. We wish we could. Her case isn’t exceptionally humanitarian enough. In fact, she’s no exception at all and that’s also why it’s so important to know her. Continue reading

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