Tag Archives: COGAT

Seven ways to avoid answering Freedom of Information applications

Every year, we send dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applications to state bodies. The conclusions so far: state authorities are fabulously creative when they do not want to answer. Seven short examples follow. 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

Posted in Movement of people out of Gaza | 1 Comment

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

Posted in economic development, Movement of goods into Gaza, Movement of goods out of Gaza, Movement of people into Gaza, Movement of people out of Gaza | 4 Comments

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

Posted in economic development, Gas, Movement of goods out of Gaza | 1 Comment

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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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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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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Christmas, take II

COGAT didn’t bother to post a separate update notifying about its decision to change the criteria but instead chose to quietly alter the original notice posted on its website, the one that reported the “easings” in the first place Continue reading

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Who stole Christmas?

Whether they have been naughty or nice, at least two-thirds of Gaza’s approximately 1,500 Christians, including all those between the ages of 16-46 who are excluded from the gesture, won’t be able to celebrate the holiday with their family members Continue reading

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It’s the export, stupid!

Three days ago two truckloads of strawberries exited Gaza and passed through Israel on their way to Europe. They were the first truckloads of export allowed out of the Strip in over six months, part of a program funded by … Continue reading

Posted in Movement of goods out of Gaza | 6 Comments