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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COGAT breaks a new record: Counts containers instead of goods

It’s true that the containers that carry goods out of Gaza return back to the Strip as well, but for COGAT, they are counted as “export”. Also: how easy is it to mistake a ton for a kilogram? Continue reading

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The hard life and times of COGAT’s spokesperson

How hard is it to be COGAT’s spokesperson? Hard enough to make you invent seasons Continue reading

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10 facts about the connection between the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel

Any arrangements reached in the framework of the ceasefire agreement must respect the rights of Palestinians to travel between Gaza and the West Bank. Ten facts about the strong connection between the areas. Continue reading

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