The battle is not for national service spots, it is for the very foundation of democracy in Israel

Israeli media reported that the National Service Administration is set to take away national service volunteer spots from civil society organizations, including “Gisha”. This reveals a desire to silence legitimate criticism and to prevent public debate over matters of life and death Continue reading

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Selective hearing

One of the outcomes of the closure of Gaza is that toddlers with hearing impairments are less likely to receive the life-changing treatment that allows them a chance at hearing. It’s yet another side effect of movement restrictions, and particularly, the separation policy’s impact on civil society organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. 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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Fishing for answers about the dual-use list, coming up dry

Basic materials needed for construction and maintenance of fishing boats are included on the list of “dual-use” items banned from entering the Gaza Strip without a special permit. In practice, this allows Israel to deny Gaza’s fishing sector the items most essential for its survival. Continue reading

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Making it official: Arabic isn’t just relevant today

For the first time in its history, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, is marking Arabic Language Day – something certainly worth marking, yet the pomp and ceremony may be a little exaggerated Continue reading

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The long road to Gaza

An Israeli Ministry of Transportation decision to limit traffic on the road leading to Gaza’s sole commercial crossing has been delayed thanks to a court petition. Meanwhile, Israel’s Minister of Defense announced that he gave orders to open Erez Crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, to traffic of commercial goods. A solution must be found to the dangerous conditions on the road leading to Kerem Shalom, but one that preserves access for goods to and from Gaza. Continue reading

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Split apart: Civil society organizations in Gaza in their own words

April 10, 2016. Palestinian civil society organizations in Gaza, which operate in the space between government and the population, are strongly impacted by Israel’s separation policy. A new report published by Gisha, based on a series of meetings in Gaza with dozens of representatives of civil society organizations, shares the stories of the organizations and the challenges they face in their work as a result of the policy, as told in their own words. The report also gives a peek at the impressive work and tremendous potential of the third sector in Gaza. Continue reading

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“Restrictions on freedom of movement take a toll on women in the Gaza Strip”

International Women’s Day: The founder of the Center for Women’s Legal Research and Consulting in the Gaza Strip devotes her life to a more equitable world Continue reading

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Checking the “dual-use” list twice

The items Israel classifies as “dual-use”- that is, items that can be used for both civilian and military purposes – whose entrance to the Gaza Strip is restricted, is much broader than international standards dictate. In the balance between security needs and harm to civilian lives, it appears that Gaza residents don’t even figure. Continue reading

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Let’s talk about transparency

Those who choose to support us do so because of who we are; we don’t change because of who they are Continue reading

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