If looks could kill

had a carnation for every time someone told me that “now that food gets in, things are ok in Gaza” and that the restrictions still in place post June 2010 “aren’t as ridiculous as those that were put on chocolate and children’s toys before then”, I could get out of the human rights business and go make a nice living selling carnations. Continue reading

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Export from Gaza: Frequently asked questions.

Over the past few days, the question of whether sale of goods from Gaza will be allowed has seemed more relevant than ever following the reported rise in tomato prices (Hebrew); the response of the Israeli Vegetable Growers Association that it does not oppose the marketing of tomatoes from the Gaza Strip in Israel, and; the end of the season for agricultural export from the Gaza Strip to Europe. We decided to try and provide some answer to the main questions on the topic. Continue reading

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Ralph Nader claims Gaza is a Gulag. Is that useful?

Nader, who ran for president in the US several times, has written an error-laden op-ed. Does the hyperbole really help residents of Gaza? Continue reading

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Interview: Could There Be 'Safe Passage' Tomorrow?

At a time when restrictions on access between Gaza and the West Bank are becoming more entrenched, a group of researchers and diplomats attempt to find a solution for a safe passage to facilitate travel between the two areas. What would this ‘safe passage’ look like? How much would it cost? Is the Israeli government considering it? Continue reading

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In Gaza, it is sometimes better to be sick

Female hairdressers and students are denied permits to exit the Gaza Strip because they are not “exceptional humanitarian cases”. Male merchants do not have this problem. Continue reading

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Working for change, not just on Women's Day

Suhair Sakka, a senior official in the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees in the Gaza Strip, is trying to help women in Gaza to enter the job market. This is no easy feat in a place with 30.3 percent unemployment, but the past two years have already seen the launch of many as five cooperatives run by women, and there are more to come. ‬ Continue reading

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Okay, now seriously

“Okay, bye”. We didn’t really plan it, but an innocent question we asked transformed these two words into internet lore over the past week. Continue reading

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How many trucks enter the Gaza Strip? Who cares?

The IDF Spokesperson always makes sure to report how many trucks enter the Gaza Strip from Israel, but he puts a little less emphasis on how many trucks leave, so we decided to do his job for him. Continue reading

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Who turned out the lights in Gaza this time?

Even in coastal Gaza, it’s a cold, rainy February, and the power outages last an average of 12 hours each day, since Gaza’s power plant shut down Tuesday for lack of diesel. Fuel for generators, even for hospitals, is running low, and water and sewage pumping is disrupted. Continue reading

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A Metro in Gaza?

Muhammad Abu Sal is a Palestinian artist who wants to turn Gaza’s tunnels into a metro system for the Strip. A few words about a man daring to envision a new Gaza. Continue reading

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