Mohammed Assaf’s not in Gaza anymore

According to legend, in order to get to the Arab Idol auditions, Mohammed Assaf had to bribe border guards, climb a wall, and sing to hotel security. So how does he slip in so easily to Ramallah? Simple: he won the competition. Continue reading

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Anywhere but here

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories arranges for Palestinians’ participation at a conference in Tel Aviv in order to “support the export of produce from Gaza”, while overseeing a policy that is responsible for crippling Gaza export Continue reading

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Gaza 2013: Snapshot

What is the cause of the electricity shortage in Gaza? Why are medicines lacking? What’s the fishing zone limit? How close can one approach to the border fence? Access issues in Gaza today in seven parts. Continue reading

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The lost footnotes of COGAT’s latest report

A new report by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories is comprehensive, thorough and informative, but it tells only part of the story. Gisha conjures up the footnotes COGAT left out, which we hope will help convey a more nuanced picture of the situation. Continue reading

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That amazing thing called “running”

I am disappointed that Sanaa, Nader and their fellow runners did not run in Bethlehem yesterday, but I’m proud of the Israeli runners who supported their request. Continue reading

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Only exceptional humanitarian cases? Actually no, not really

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced late last week that he would not allow Gaza runners to participate in today’s marathon in Bethlehem. The reason? “Entry by residents of Gaza into Israel is only allowed in … Continue reading

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No going back

More than 600 residents of Gaza were unable to visit their relatives over the past week, go to conferences or buy merchandise. Why is this cause for concern? Because the decision to close the crossings in response to rocket fire signifies a return to a tactic that was supposed to have become obsolete years ago. Continue reading

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Top security officials admit Israel’s policy prevents economic growth in Gaza

Updates on the debate inside the security sector, the destruction of the Gaza-Egypt tunnels and the expansion of Kerem Shalom. Continue reading

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How and when the separation policy was conceived

A new essay reveals that the attempt to separate, or differentiate, between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank began well before the 2006 Palestinian Authority elections and before Hamas took over the Gaza Strip – eight years of a botched attempt to engineer Palestinian public opinion Continue reading

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Who’s talking about Gaza?

Once in a while, especially after another “round of fighting”, the question of “what do we do about Gaza?” resurfaces momentarily. So we decided to check which parties mention Gaza in their party platforms. The results: in short, we aren’t optimistic. Continue reading

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