God is in the details

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate recently stirred up controversy when he said the economic gap between Israel and the Palestinian territory derives from Jewish culture and the “hand of Providence”. His comments deserve serious consideration. Continue reading

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Gisha presents: Strawberries for sale

This week we are asking Israelis to devote two minutes of their day to a worthy cause. We know that many others are also asking for two minutes for a multitude of worthy causes, but trust us, these will be two minutes well spent. Each day we are asking people to send a letter to a different individual who can play a role in allowing sale of goods from Gaza in the West Bank. Continue reading

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Gisha, raining on the parade since 2005

The news releases put out by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) are always a paragon of optimistic writing and the latest is no exception. Unemployment is declining, export is on the rise. The optimism is contagious but only if you’re not very familiar with the data. Continue reading

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Why we didn't criticize the actions of the border police

For some reason, no one has asked us why we, as a human rights organization, did not speak out about the two border police officers who were filmed grabbing and kicking a Palestinian child in Hebron. We think a few words on this issue are in order. Continue reading

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Mysterious policy seeks meaningful explanation for long-term commitment

It was just this week that we discovered that the National Security Council’s plan for easing the closure was never raised for discussion in the cabinet, and now we learn of another instance of a policy that never came up for public debate. Continue reading

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The slipshod affair

Even before the Gaza flotilla and the incident involving the Marmara in May 2010, Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) had already suggested that the closure of the Gaza Strip be eased. There was no public debate then – what about now? Continue reading

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Petitioner #5

The court instructed the state to reconsider its refusal to allow four women students from Gaza to travel to their studies in the West Bank. What about petitioner #5? Continue reading

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Falling between the cracks in the paperwork: What a single form can reveal

Describing the influence of bureaucracy isn’t easy, but it’s clear that clerks and forms affect the lives of thousands. Here we take a closer look at just one form to see what can be learned from it. Continue reading

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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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