The good news: The cabinet talked about the policy on Gaza. The bad news: No change is in sight

After years of mounting evidence that the Israeli Security Cabinet had not properly deliberated its Gaza policy, suddenly it appears it has. The only trouble is that there’s no sign of change on the ground. Continue reading

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(Re)-introducing the functional approach to occupation

The International Committee of the Red Cross has officially adopted the position known as “the functional approach” to the question of occupation. We’ll use it as an opportunity to re-examine the functional approach and explain how it’s connected to Israel’s policies in Gaza Continue reading

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Marking Human Rights Day in a home without a roof

Ayman Abu Odeh’s dilemma, whether to move to an inadequate, temporary housing unit, or hold on to what’s left of his family’s three-story building symbolizes the state of human rights in Gaza Continue reading

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COGAT’s PR is only in English – what’s he saying and to whom?

For over five months, the website of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has been down. Information COGAT puts out is published on social media and only in English. This is what it looks like when hasbara (propaganda) replaces information an official government body is obligated to provide to the public Continue reading

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Wood is also essential for reconstruction

A man from Gaza was arrested in late August for allegedly selling construction materials to militant operatives in the Strip. Construction materials have continued to enter Gaza despite this and rightfully so. For the same reason, Israel must allow entrance of wood to the Strip Continue reading

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Marketing of furniture from Gaza in Israel permitted – wood to the make the furniture is not

Israel recently announced it would allow sale of Gaza-made furniture in its territory. Why weren’t Gaza’s furniture manufacturers pleased? Israel all but bans wood from entering the Strip. The latest farce, brought to you by the Gaza closure. Continue reading

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Medical treatment in jeopardy for thousands

COGAT’s list of exceptions to the ban on travel from Gaza no longer includes a quota that allowed access to medical treatment for thousands of people in need of “non-urgent” care Continue reading

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Gaza Fact Check: 10 myths for 10 years of disengagement

A decade ago, Israel removed its settlements and dismantled its last remaining military base inside the Gaza Strip. Since then, the myth-making about Israel’s policy in Gaza has thrived. How close are the myths to reality? Continue reading

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Protective Edge: One year later – too little has changed

A year after Operation Protective Edge was launched, data collected by Gisha shows an alarming gap between the rhetoric about mobilizing for Gaza’s reconstruction and the harsh reality on the ground Continue reading

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Restricting movement, dividing a people

A lot has changed since the Israeli navy intercepted the Mavi Marmara in 2010, but one basic tenet has remained in the policy on Gaza – separation between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. A new position paper analyzes the policy, the damage it has done, and its legality. Continue reading

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